The Impact of TiViTz
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TiViTz is a math and strategy game that stimulates interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
With only a few months of TiViTz play, students have shown improvement of 30 percentile points on standardized tests. Learn more about the latest TiViTz research below.
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Participating McDonald’s restaurants play host to TiViTz Tuesdays, where kids can play with their friends and challenge students from other schools.
The best players will be invited to compete in regional tournaments each spring, where they could win medals, trophies and prizes.
TiViTz MATH CHALLENGE
The successful TiViTz Tournaments are going online as the nationwide TiViTz Math Challenge to motivate and to reach even more students. Past tournaments have been hosted by NASA, Ripken Baseball, NHL Teams, Arnold Schwarzenegger Youth Foundation, Boeing, McDonald’s, Lockheed, Museums, SeaWorld, Colleges and Major/Minor League Baseball teams. TiViTz Tournaments build confidence in students and reinforce their math skills in an exciting way. The nationwide TiViTz Math Challenge will follow the model of the national Spelling Bee. But instead, students will play TiViTz in teams at school or in clubs to qualify. Teams will advance to the regional, state and national levels to win valuable prizes. And, the winning national team will receive a full college scholarship valued at $1 million!
Latest TiViTz Research
- Goal: To see how the use of the TiViTz math games would benefit these students in their critical thinking and in their math skills
- When: March to June 2016
- Where: Witter Elementary, Tampa, FL
- Students: 46 students in the 5th grade
- Administrator: Greg Smith, a classroom teacher of 10 years and a school assistant principal of 8 years in the Tampa Hillsborough School District (8th largest in US)
- Pre-Survey: The average score at the start of the TiViTz program was a 2.4, leaning towards the “I hate math” end of the spectrum
- Pre-Math Test: The average math test score over all 46 students was 48.65%, a failing math grade
- Over the next four months, the students learned to play the game and the improvement of their game strategies and critical thinking skills was impressive. During this period, there was a marked increase in the enthusiasm that students had for math class. Many students even opted to stay after school several days a week to play more TiViTz games and practice their math skills
- Students learned different math approaches and skills to master more complex multiplication and division
- There was an increase in the students working with one another to help each other improve both game play strategy and mathematics skills
- Students became excited whenever they played TiViTz
- Eight of the students were selected to be the first to compete for the Witter Elementary TiViTz team at the TiViTz Hillsborough county-wide tournament at the Pepin Centre
- Amazing! The average for feelings toward math improved from 2.4 to an amazing 4.2, a 75% increase
- The 46 students overall increased their average math test score from 48.65% to a tremendous 82.52%, an improvement of 71.67%, with 10 students individually scoring 92% or above
- The kids saw a huge improvement in their mathematics ability and in their critical thinking, as well as in their love and interest toward learning math