I was a math teacher at a predominantly Black school. I started coaching my students in competition math and taking them to math competitions. My students’ response to being in the competitions caused me to noticed that they were the only Black students in the competition. I started to think about what it would take to get Black students competitive in the world of math. My response, Exponentia Prime Books and Exponentia Prime Math Competitions.
To get Black students mathematically competitive, we need to start young and we need to make it a world that is engaging and supported by the community. Exponentia Prime serves as that world and the book is for children in grades K-2.
Exponentia Prime is a book series about a girl named Prime who is a math genius. She and her friend Factor are tasked with using problem solving to save math worlds in the Exponentia Universe. The book serves as an introduction and inspiration into math and problem solving for Black children across the world. The book also serves as an opportunity for Black children to be introduced to the Exponentia Prime Math Experience, which is our form of math competition.