ABOUT THE CLUB
The La Clase Mágica: Nepohualtzitzin Ethnomathematics Club is an interdisciplinary and communal Mathematics and Cultural club that utilizes both ancient and modern tools to engage students. Students learn to use the Nepohualtzitzin, which is an ancient Mesoamerican instrument similar to an abacus. Through exposure to, and use of the Nepohualtzitzin, students are able to see and manipulate counters and perform calculations on the instrument. Use of the Nepohualtzitzin facilitates their understanding of place value and mathematic operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and square root.
The club is run in an informal learning setting through after-school clubs held at campuses around San Antonio. Student participants are paired with a university student who helps guide their learning in an informal setting, which will reinforce and build upon their mathematical skills.
Students participating in the clubs benefit in the following ways:
• Develop an augmented potential in students’ daily use of mathematics
• Develop students’ ability to think and apply reasoning skills
• Stimulated memory, concentration, and focus
• Utilizes a method for creating students’ mental agility
• Encourages thought association and sharpens mental calculation abilities
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PARTICIPATING AND FORMER DISTRICTS AND CAMPUSES
Las Palmas Elementary
EISD Family Center
Westside Girl Scouts Leadership Center- Genius Lab
Regency Place Elementary
San Antonio ISD
Young Women’s Leadership Academy
JL Matthey Middle
Medio Creek Elementary
Martinez Street Women’s Center
For more in-depth information and resources about the Nepohualtziztin club visit the Informal Learning Clubs Portal on our E-Community of Practice website: www.ecofp.ate.utsa.edu. You may also contact the Nepohualtzitzin Club Coordinator, Cecilia Moreno at Cecilia.firstname.lastname@example.org.