Hyundai and Spring Elementary Students Celebrate Launch of New Blended Learning Initiative at Spring ISD Schools

Hyundai and Spring Elementary Students Celebrate Launch of New Blended
Learning Initiative at Spring ISD Schools

Hyundai's Grant Will Benefit Four Local Schools to Improve Math Education

SPRING, TEXAS, Oct. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hundreds of students and
educators celebrated a grant to improve math education from Hyundai Motor
America this morning at Burchett Elementary School. This latest grant from
Hyundai's ST Math Initiative will support a unique, research-based blended
learning math program at four schools in the Spring Independent School
District. Hyundai executives and Spring ISD representatives were on hand for a
celebratory assembly and ribbon cutting ceremony, where students also
demonstrated their new math program.

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More than 1,300 students and 49 teachers at Burchett, Lewis, Marshall and
McNabb elementary schools will benefit from Hyundai's initiative, which
enables the schools to implement the unique ST Math® program that includes
visually-based instructional software, teacher training and ongoing
educational support. Additionally, Bammel Elementary School will also
implement the ST Math program later this year.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and teachers to benefit from
a proven educational tool in a blended learning environment," said Ralph H.
Draper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Spring ISD. "We're looking forward to using
ST Math to enhance our children's problem solving skills and understanding of
math concepts, which will benefit them today and in the future."

Spring ISD is one of four school districts across the country selected to
participate in the Hyundai ST Math Initiative beginning this fall. Others
include Chicago, New York City and Pinellas, Florida. The initiative builds on
Hyundai's previous support, which includes grants to put ST Math in six
schools in Los Angeles, Orange County, Calif., and Washington, D.C.

"Hyundai understands the importance of fostering the next generation of
problem-solvers who can develop innovative solutions to difficult challenges,"
said Zafar Brooks, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity
Inclusion at Hyundai Motor America. "That's exactly what we're doing with MIND
Research Institute's game-changing ST Math program and the help of local
educators."

The ST Math instructional software introduces math concepts via visual
puzzles, with symbols and words appearing later, making the program equally
accessible and challenging for all students, regardless of language
proficiency. Following a blended learning model, students learn at their own
pace with ST Math in computer labs, and then their teachers connect the
puzzles to math concepts in the classroom lessons. Research shows that schools
using the ST Math program have on average doubled or tripled students' growth
in math proficiency on state math tests.

"We're excited to have Hyundai partnering with MIND and school districts that
share our vision of transforming math education," said Matthew Peterson,
co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of MIND Research Institute. "MIND is
looking forward to continuing to work with Spring ISD and Hyundai ensure every
child is mathematically equipped to solve the world's most challenging
problems."

About the Hyundai ST Math Initiative

The Hyundai ST Math Initiative will benefit over 6,000 students and 200
teachers in Chicago; New York City; Spring, Texas and Pinellas, Florida.
Hyundai Motor America is providing grants to 15 high-need elementary schools
in these markets to provide a unique research-based ST Math instructional
software, teacher training and ongoing educational support. The
visually-based ST Math program has been shown to double or triple schools'
growth rates in math proficiency. Follow updates at the hashtag
#HyundaiLovesJiJi.

About MIND Research Institute

MIND Research Institute is an education nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that
all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world's most challenging
problems. MIND's distinctive visual approach to math and problem-solving is
the basis of its innovative, research-proven ST Math® programs for elementary
and secondary schools. MIND's programs currently reach over 500,000 students
and 21,000 teachers in more than 1,780 schools in 30 states. For more
information, visit www.mindresearch.net.

About Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of
Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the
United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more
than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are
covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the
5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's
10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of
complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance
Connected Care that provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care
services made possible by the Hyundai Blue Link telematics platform,
complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision
Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly
Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling. For more details on
Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.com.

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CONTACT: Abby Daniels
         MIND Research Institute
         714-206-7782
         adaniels@mindresearch.net
        
         Karen Garrison
         Spring ISD
         281-891-6009
         kgarrison@springisd.org
        
         Walter Rodriguez
         Hyundai Motor America
         714-824-0302  
         wrodriguez@hmausa.com
        
         Joe Foster
         Finn Partners
         323-572-5361
         joe@finnpartners.com

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