Luke Shuman knows what makes kids like math. Just 17 years old, he developed a new math program for El Nido’s south-west Los Angeles elementary school students.
It allows students to virtually practice and showcase their math skills in a fun environment. The program is centered around Kahoot, which is a game-based learning platform.
During the pandemic he focused on a different math concept each week in which he made custom games for his students. From simple arithmetic to more complex word problems, the program let kids practice math while having a good time.
“The elementary math class was always one of the highlights of my week. This program gave me the confidence to be able to start and design programs around areas that I am passionate about and do more than just tutoring. Having a younger sister around the same age as these students, I loved being able to interact with kids and get them excited about math; above all, being able to act as a mere friend, even a virtual one, during the pandemic was so internally rewarding. It wasn’t just about math. We laughed and talked about our favorite Marvel movies and had a blast…. I believe every kid should have access to an outlet of this nature,” says Shuman.
The math program will begin again in February. Luke welcomes any donation of prizes to give to his students as incentives to succeed. Contact us at volunteer @ elnidofamilycenters.org to donate.
Congratulations to Luke Shuman on receiving the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his 400 volunteer hours at El Nido Family Centers.
Luke has developed three programs for students at El Nido Family Centers South West: an elementary game-show-based math program, an introductory competitive math class for middle and high school students, and a customized financial literacy program that introduces under-served students to basic financial concepts through Kahoot! games and role-plays.
With the support of Bank of America, Luke spearheaded the content development for the financial literacy program that has served over 100 students, many of whom also opened bank accounts for the first time. Luke’s competitive math program introduced students to basic number theory and combinatorics. He also prepared students for the American Math Competition (AMC) and hosted simulated competitions for students to gain a better understanding of competitive math.
An award well deserved!