The Abacus Project
The Abacus Project is the signature program of The DRANREF Foundation (TDF), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to advance STEM and entrepreneurial education in under resourced areas. View their website here.
AHFES: In School Workshop
The Abacus Project is offering one in-school placement and one professional development opportunity through the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program. This in-school workshop is being underwritten by the DRANREF Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Business Transformation Group (BTG), and some workshops will be provided at no cost to schools.The full value of this workshop is $1,000. Note: In-school Placements will be scheduled based on mutual availability and will be determined after the lottery requests are assigned.
THE ABACUS PROJECT - In School (Fall Lottery)
The Abacus Project invites students to explore Asian culture through the world’s oldest calculator. Students compare and contrast designs using authentic tools, then build their own abacus using colorful beads and craft sticks. Through hands-on learning, students employ the ancient number system to perform basic operations, then watch calculations come to life through strategic bead movement. This activity helps develop concentration, fosters creativity, and inculcates the habit of careful observation, sound reasoning, and original thinking – all integral to the artistic process. Students keep their abacus, and with continued practice, can develop the ability to manipulate numbers with a mental picture.
Discipline: Humanities, Civics/ Social Studies
Curriculum Connections: Diversity, Math
Cost: The Abacus Project can offer up to three workshops at your school and will be at a partial cost of $500, based on 20 students.
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THE ABACUS PROJECT FOR TEACHERS
The Abacus Project invites students to explore Asian culture through the world’s oldest calculator. Students build their own abacus using colorful beads and craft sticks and learn the ancient number system to perform basic operations through strategic bead movement. This activity helps to foster concentration, creativity, sound reasoning, and original thinking – all integral to the artistic process. This workshop trains teacher on how to successfully implement this activity in their classroom. The curriculum blends the artistic process with problem solving which makes it an engaging experience for everyone. Teachers will receive lesson plans and assessment tools to evaluate the program.
Date: 10/18/17 and 10/25/17
Time: 4:30 PM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: The DRANREF Foundation
1300 I Street NW, Suite 400E Washington, DC 20005
Discipline: Arts Learning- Visual Arts, Humanities Learning, Arts Integration
Curriculum Connections: Math