Our Partners

It takes a village!  We are proud to partner with other organizations - corporate, education, non-profit, and community - who are just as excited as we are about breaking down the cultural barriers in STEM education.  What we do would not be possible without the support of our partners.

 

Corporate Partners

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In 2015, BTG established The DRANREF Foundation (TDF), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, as its philanthropic arm and The Abacus Project is one of its signature programs. BTG is the The Abacus Project's main funding source. Together, through shared resources and volunteers, we've created educational programs that produce transformative results.

Community Partners

 
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The DC Collaborative, together with its members, advocates and advances equitable access to high-quality learning experiences in the arts and humanities for all students and teachers in DC public and public charter schools. The DRANREF Foundation is a member and  The Abacus Project is a featured STEAM program with Professional Development for teachers.

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The DRANREF Foundation's Abacus Project partnered with the Eastern Area of the Links, Incorporated's STEM Initiative Committee to celebrate 2020 National Mathematics Day and introduce a different way of experiencing math.

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The DRANREF Foundation donated to The Feed Program at Ivy Baptist Church in Newport News, Virginia.  During the summer of 2020, The Feed Program served over 8,000 people across the Hampton Roads community.

The DRANREF Foundation supported the Boys and Girls Club of the Danville area to help their students get more engaged in STEM education.  In 2021, we donated 25 CODESTER licenses to teach students programming fundamentals.

Covenant House offers housing and support services to young people in need – currently reaching 74,000 youth every year.  The DRANREF Foundation donated to Covenant House in Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, DC to support those greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education Partners

 
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The mission of the District of Columbia Public Schools is to ensure that every school guarantees students reach their full potential through rigorous and joyful learning experiences provided in a nurturing environment.  In 2019, The Abacus Project introduced 145 students to the Japanese abacus and students participated in a DIY Abacus Making project.

Gifted and Talented Education in Atlanta Public Schools will architect globally competitive, critical and creative thinkers of the 21st century.  In December 2020, The Abacus Project presented a virtual professional development workshop with teachers from the Atlanta Gifted and Talented Program. The workshop introduced the Japanese Soroban Abacus and the teachers participated to create their very own abacus.

Past Partners

 

NCS partnered with The Abacus Project to bring STEAM programming to students in Fairfax County. We trained their 8 Center Managers on our curriculum and this summer we will partner to integrate the Abacus Project into their summer programs, which will culminate in an area-wide abacus competition.  Through a grant from NCS, The Abacus Project conducted two pilot programs that assessed the abacus project on math achievement in young students.

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Each year the Hampton Roads Transportation Career Expo hosts close to 1,000 high school students to learn about transportation-related careers. The DRANREF Foundation (TDF) partnered with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and other industry sponsors to host this event. The Abacus Project was a featured activity, and in 2016 an abacus was given to premiere sponsors as a thank you gift.

The Clubhouse Network is an international community of more than 100 Clubhouses located in 20 countries, providing youth with life-changing opportunities for over 25 years.  Each Clubhouse provides a creative, safe, and free out-of-school learning environment where young people from underserved communities work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology.

Junior Achievement's Purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA of Central Maryland's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.