The Information Technology Empowerment Center Awarded $10K Grant to Support iMath Afterschool Learning Program

The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) recently announced it was awarded a $10,000 grant from the R. E. Olds Foundation to support and expand its innovative afterschool mathematics learning program, iMath.

The program, now in its second year, seeks to improve both enthusiasm and aptitude in math. Offering afterschool math tutoring to fourth to sixth grade students in Lansing’s upper elementary schools, ITEC’s iMath program uses a web-based, adaptive tool to help students learn and practice math concepts. Students from Michigan State University serve as tutors and mentors, guiding students and challenging them to excel.

Last year, students who had 80 percent attendance showed a grade level increase of 0.84 with some as high as 1.15. Surveys of the kids before and after their time in iMath showed improvements in attitude, too.

ITEC is a nonprofit, collaborative partnership of community, education, business, and government working with students and families in the capital region to build excitement for coursework and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. ITEC’s vision is to enable Lansing area residents to acquire flexible, transferable technological skills that will allow them to participate in a fast-paced global economy.

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