Think Through Math’s Lou Piconi reveals a system that makes math sense and dollars for charity.
Where can you learn, play and donate to charity all at once? The answer lies in this Pittsburgh-based online supplemental math program, Think Through Math (TTM). Co-founded by Lou Piconi, who serves as SVEP Strategic Activities, it was founded in 2002 by technologists and teachers as Apangea, and grounded in research that came out of the U.S. Air Force. The program originally combined online support for students in grades 6-8 with access to live math teachers.
A decade later, in April 2012, and in line with the new Common Core State Standards and rigorous new assessments, Apangea re-launched as Think Through Math. TTM continues to provide Web-based math instruction and instant access to live math teachers but also includes expanded content for students from grades 3 through Algebra 1; rigorous Common Core instruction and practice; next-gen assessment formats, English and Spanish support; access to live teachers, motivational tools using game mechanics, avatars, badges and multi-state contests and more. Within one year of its launch, Think Through Math grew to support more than two million students in 41 states. With its unique, altruistic-oriented motivational system, TTM students made donations to two charities every minute on a typical school day during the 2012-2013 school year. In late spring 2013, students donated more than $22,000 to Red Cross relief efforts in Texas and Oklahoma.