Six times each year, the Great Lakes Bay STEM Ecosystem sends math kits home to the families of 3 year-olds living in families considered to be low-income. Math in the Mail aims to remove anxiety for parents who fear that they aren’t skilled with math. “It’s also seeks to boost engagement between the parent and child,” says Lori Flippin, STEM Initiative leader for the Great Lakes Bay Region STEM Alliance. Flippin says that since the program’s inception the ecosystem is always looking at its effectiveness and areas where it can improve. “We were concerned that there were populations – especially in one particular county – where the parents may not have the abilities to use those kits,” says Flippin, explaining that they are now working with families in rescue missions and homeless shelters.