QUARK (Quilting Activity Resource Kit) is the first in a line of products designed and produced by Bib & Tucker Sew-Op that teaches the fundamentals of math through the principles of art. The kit's modality is hand-sewing, which focuses the mind and reinforces hand-eye coordination in young people. The first title, "Rectangles and Squares" focuses on core curriculum mathematics standards (4th - 6th grade) as outlined by the Alabama Department of Education and accessed through the ALEX website (Alabama Learning Exchange).
QUARK was tested among 105 Birmingham-area students as an enrichment activity during the 2017 SAIL (Summer Adventures In Learning) summer camp program. Five SAIL-funded sites received free QUARKs and instruction thanks to a small SAIL grant. Boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 participated in the activity. Pre- and post-activity surveys were administered to gauge the activity's success rate in one mathematical area and one art area.
QUARK workshops have been facilitated with many schools and programs in the Birmingham area including Girls Inc., the YWCA, Avondale Elementary School, Breakthrough Birmingham, Birmingham Parks and Recreation, and i3 Academy.
To schedule a QUARK session, learn more about the program or contribute to the costs of this program, please email Charlotte Rand.