MathScape is a comprehensive, middle grades mathematics program developed with funds from the National Science Foundation to address the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. The Standards aim to promote mathematical literacy, including an ability to explore, conjecture, reason logically and to use a variety of mathematical methods for problem solving. MathScape was designed to support these goals and is based on the premise that mathematics instruction and curriculum materials in the middle grades should:
The MathScape curriculum encourages students to learn mathematics by doing mathematics, by using and connecting mathematical ideas, and by actively constructing their own understanding. The curriculum materials help teachers create an inviting, exploratory classroom in which all students gain mathematical power.