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Students Choose Math for Christmas

Twas the day of Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring...except for a (computer) mouse!
While the stockings were hung by the chimney with care (around 6 AM)
823 youths logged in to play ST Math there!
No longer nestled snug in their beds,
But at their devices, learning math instead...

(ST Math parody of Clement C Moore’s The Night Before Christmas)

A yearly tradition of mine as Database Analytics Manager at MIND Research Institute is discovering how many students log into ST Math throughout Christmas day. These students are choosing to learn math—even when school is not in session. This year on Christmas day, 14,921 unique students logged in a total of 27,306 times.




Usage ramped up from 6-8 am and held steady most of the day, with an average of about 1,740 student sessions started per hour between 8 am and 10 pm. After 10 pm, usage dropped off, but 453 brave and/or sugar-rush consumed souls logged in between 11 pm and midnight.



Blue indicates a successfully completed level, orange indicates an unsuccessful attempt.

Other highlights of Christmas 2017 usage include:

  • On-task levels passed: 47,000
  • Puzzles attempted: 464,000
  • Puzzles passed: 397,000
  • Hurdles passed: 410 (371 individual students passed hurdles)

Many students participated in the ST Math Winter Break Challenge, and shared their success online:




During a season when spending time with family and friends is cherished, we're excited that math is part of the equation!

Emily Howatt

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Emily is the Database Analytics Manager at MIND Research Institute.


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