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Scientific Research: Education for Spatial Intelligence

The effectiveness of XColony program in spatial education was assessed in a control pilot study on a group of about 50 students in fifth grade. The study was carried out over a period of 8 consecutive weeks at the end of 2014.

About 30 students - active group - had experimented with this type of activities in weekly session of one hour. A control group of about 20 students having similar curriculum and education environment was used to calibrate the results and compensate for natural development of students and variability of teaching conditions with respect to the core disciplines. Both groups were tested before and after the experiment with the same tests and the measurements were normalized.
The tests were designed to evaluate changes on 3 characteristics: comprehension, problem solving and reasoning, and we consider the average of all 3 as score for spatial intelligence. The results indicate that the active group got a 17% increase in spatial intelligence average score, with 26% increase in spatial reasoning, 15% increase in solution finding and 7% increase in comprehension. The spatial intelligence score was found to be highly correlated (68%) with students' performance in math measured through standard tests. The advantage of measuring spatial intelligence score is the fact that it can be administered at younger ages, as math prerequisite are not required.
Beside these quantitative results, the qualitative findings recommend this platform for training for spatial intuition, development of creativity in math, improve self-confidence.
The XCOLONY EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES ENHANCE SPATIAL REASONING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS Study