Throughout MIND Research Institute's 20 year history, we've received countless questions regarding ST Math®'s lovable penguin, JiJi. In celebration of JiJi culture and all the creative mathematical problem solvers, we put together a compilation of JiJi FAQs and interesting tidbits including various ways to stay connected with JiJi!
JiJi is the beloved penguin in the ST Math software games. Students help JiJi overcome obstacles by solving math puzzles — and they associate JiJi with the thrill of challenge and success. JiJi crosses the screen every time a child demonstrates understanding of a math concept, leading the student to the next challenging puzzle.
5 Frequently Asked Questions About JiJi
Q: Is JiJi male or female?
A: JiJi does not have a specific gender so that students can assign attributes to JiJi that make sense to them and will support them in their mathematical journey with JiJi. It's okay to have your personal view on JiJi's gender, but please leave it open for students to develop their own views and theories.
Response to student: What gender do you think JiJi is?
Q: How old is JiJi?
A: Similar to gender, students can assign an age to JiJi. For example, some students might want to see JiJi as younger and they need to help JiJi with math. Others might see JiJi as older, teaching and guiding them through math. Some see JiJi as exactly like them, working and learning together.
Response to student: How old do you think JiJi is?
Q: Who are JiJi’s friends?
A: One of JiJi’s closest friends is Paco, the tomato. Other friends include: Robot, Pie Monster, Starfish, Dog, Alien, Lobster, Ostrich and more.
Q: Why doesn’t JiJi wear clothes?
A: JiJi has blubber and feathers that help JiJi stay warm, even in the cold Antarctic weather, so JiJi doesn’t need to wear clothes.
Q: Why can't JiJi jump?
Although some penguins can jump, JiJi is a special non-jumping penguin species. JiJi needs your help to get past the obstacles on the screen.
Students Love JiJi
See why students all across the nation love learning and problem solving with JiJi!
I would like to thank JiJi for making my math journey fun and exciting.
JiJi helps me on things I had trouble with in the classroom.
JiJi means a lot to me. ST Math is the greatest website I've ever seen.
Connect with JiJi
Stay up-to-date on all of the math fun by following all of JiJi's adventures and ST Math news on social media. Make sure to join the conversation by using the hashtags #STMath and #SeetheMath!
You can also shop all things JiJi by visiting our online JiJi Store.
ST Math Sweepstakes: JiJi's Road Trip Adventure
JiJi, the lovable penguin from ST Math®, is going on a road trip to visit a few lucky ST Math schools across the country in celebration of JiJi Day on April 28th!
Will your school be one of them?
(3) Grand Prize: All expenses paid school visit from JiJi including a backpack filled with JiJi swag.
(20) First Place Prize: A teacher backpack filled with a classroom set (30 count) of JiJi swag.
Enter the sweepstakes here. Official Rules Entry Period: 10/12/2018 – 12/12/2018 Eligibility: 18+, United States only, Verified ST Math Customer Winner Announcements: 12/19/2018 Limitations: One grand prize and one first prize per person per household.
To view the complete sweepstakes' terms and conditions, click here>>.
Download the sweepstakes flyer to spread the JiJi excitement at your school!
To learn more about ST Math visit us at stmath.com.
About the Author
Edith Esparza is an Education Engagement Specialist at MIND and loves sharing her passion for learning.