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Fountain Valley elementary school opens math lab with help of Hyundai

The new lab will educate students on spatial temporal math concepts

By Elaine MurphyPublished: November 14, 2011 11:50 AM

With the help of Hyundai Motor America, a Fountain Valley elementary school has opened a new math lab on its campus. The lab at Urbain H. Plavan Elementary School focuses on spatial temporal (ST) math concepts and promotes students’ interest in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Students will visit the lab for two 45-minute periods weekly, and will now have access to the same math learning tools available at four other schools in the district. The ST math program used in the lab, as well as at 1,000 other schools nationwide, is designed to reinforce in-classroom learning through fun activities and tutorials. The program uses JiJi, a cartoon penguin character, to help students in grades K-8 grasp math concepts and develop their skills.

"Supporting the efforts of local communities and educational programs is at the forefront of Hyundai's commitment to its corporate social responsibility programs. We are excited to partner with our local school district to provide teachers the resources they need to better engage and prepare students for the future,” said Zafar Brooks, director of government relations and diversity outreach at Hyundai.

The ST Math program was developed by the MIND Research Institute, a Santa-Ana based nonprofit organization specializes in developing innovative learning technologies for math and science.

Fountain Valley School District
superintendent Marc Ecker said, "Funding for our public schools continues to drop to levels not seen since 2005 and resources to support our California public schools are now lower than almost any state in the union. Business partners are needed now more than ever and we thank Hyundai Motor America for their support of public education and the Fountain Valley School District."

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