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MEDIA ADVISORY: APS Foundation and MIND Research Institute host Grant Celebration

Phoenix, Ariz., Dec 2, 2015 WHAT: Check presentation from the APS Foundation for a $200,000 grant to the MIND Research Institute to expand its Spatial-Temporal (ST) Math® program and to partner with Arizona State University to implement a professional development exploratory study with English language learner students.

ST Math® is game-based instructional software program designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. This program will expand innovative teaching to low-income students throughout Arizona and will train teachers to use a visual approach that deepens students' problem-solving and reasoning skills, helping them advance their mathematical knowledge.

The APS Foundation is helping Arizona students prepare to compete in the global economy. A workforce proficient in STEM skills is critical to retaining and attracting high-quality businesses and industries to the state. Since 1981, the APS Foundation has invested more than $38 million to worthy projects throughout Arizona.

Thursday, December 3, 2015
9:30 a.m. – Breakfast Reception
10:00 a.m. – Presentation & Remarks
10:30 a.m. – ST Math Classroom Tour

SySTEM Phoenix
1301 Almeria Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006

VISUALS: Presentation of oversize check
Visual demonstration of game-based math program on school computers

MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education social benefit organization, dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND's distinctive visual approach to math and problem-solving is the basis of its innovative, research-proven ST Math® programs for elementary and secondary schools. The visually-based ST Math program has been shown to double or triple schools’ growth rates in math proficiency. MIND's programs currently reach 800,000 students and 31,000 teachers in 2,500 schools in 40 states. For more information, visit

About APS Foundation
The APS Foundation is committed to making a deep impact in Arizona communities and does so through supporting statewide nonprofits that advance knowledge in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. The Foundation supports a wide range of educational initiatives that target both students and teachers in order to keep the next generation of Arizona’s workforce strong and competitive.

Privately endowed by Pinnacle West Capital Corp. in 1981 as an independent 501(c) (3) organization, the APS Foundation distributes an average of $1.5 – $2 million per year through a bi-annual grant process. Since its inception, it has invested more than $38 million in Arizona nonprofits. Tina Marie Tentori serves as Executive Director for the APS Foundation. For more information, please visit and click on the Foundation link.

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