ST Math's visual approach to teaching and learning math benefits students by enhancing spatial-reasoning ability, which is linked to problem-solving and creative thinking. Integrated with classroom instruction, ST Math uses play, games and puzzles to interactively engage students in computer-based visual math learning grounded in neuroscience research.
According to neuroscience research, students are better able to think ahead and engage in increasingly sophisticated mathematical problem-solving through images stored in their short-term memory. The Mind Research Institute, which developed ST Math, has research and data from the 2,500 schools using ST Math that consistently displays significant increases in the math proficiency scores of students learning with the program. The research supports the benefits of visually based teaching and learning as opposed to language-dependent teaching.
The program provides teachers with individualized student assessments and training in the ST Math approach and its underlying theories, helping them to integrate ST Math learning with classroom instruction. The individualized approach of ST Math allows students to move at their own pace, benefiting the average student as well as the more advanced or challenged student. ST Math designs its teaching games using research in learning and motivation to help students develop strong a internal motivation to advance.