The DRANREF Foundation
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 more information on their Member Feature Page.
The Abacus Project
Presented by: The DRANREF Foundation
The Abacus Project invites students to explore Asian culture through the world’s oldest calculator. Students compare and contrast the designs of Chinese and Japanese abaci, then build their own using colorful beads and craft sticks. Through “hands-on” learning, students uncover the ancient number system and watch their calculations come to life through strategic bead movement. The program fosters creativity, develops concentration, instills careful observation, and strengthens reasoning skills. The curriculum blends art with problem solving which makes for an engaging experience for students at all skill levels.
Length of Event: 45 minutes
Location: IN SCHOOL
Discipline: STEAM Programming
Curriculum Connections: Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning (continued), Math, History/Geography
Grades: K - 4th