Dr. Rashmi Mantri – Director
BSc (Hons), MSc (Dist), Ph.D.(Computer Science),
The University of the West of Scotland
I have always been inspired by the one and only, Mother Teresa who spent her whole life helping the needful and is a live example of humanity.
I have worked in education for more than 15 years. My students call me Dr. Rashmi (my second name is actually Mantri, however somehow kids invented to call me Dr. Rashmi instead of Dr. Mantri. I find it very innovative.)
I received an Exceptional Scholarship (double the normal Scholarship) from the University of the West of Scotland, which was available only for one student in the whole University. This Exceptional Scholarship was based on the Merit I achieved in my Master’s studies in Computer Science from the same University.
I like to work for the advancement of the community and work with kids all-round development of both academic as well as non-academic excellence.
Youth is tomorrow’s future, if they have the right direction then a country can achieve its full potential.
Most of my life I worked as an Educator in various IT Corporates and Universities in Scotland. Education is my passion and I want to change the world through education.
My life’s journey and my move from teaching adults to teaching kids all revolve around my son, Dhruv Maheshwari. One day I asked him a simple question, such as 35 minus 13, and he could not answer. Dhruv was in Primary 5 at that time, I was deeply depressed by the fact that he could not do this simple calculation is his head.
At this time I decided to teach him Maths using a very humble tool called the Abacus, One can calculate faster than a calculator after learning Maths the Abacus way.
Here is an example of how this technique works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPEdac7qKl8&list=PLdjSibjvglvz7ZaFwxK2XtyZaUAFXMFcN
This was the beginning of Supermaths, as at that time I decided to teach him Maths using a very humble tool called the Abacus. Dhruv responded very well and picked up Abacus Mental Theory in just 6 days. He is now very pleased to be known as the “Human Calculator!” This name was given to him by an ITV show, Little Big Shots, on which he was invited to perform and show off his incredibly fast calculation speed.
Here is a link of the ITV show Little big shots https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EICwTSLzak&t=29s
We received a huge response from parents after we posted my Sons very first Abacus video on social media. Many of the parents came rushing in “Teach my child please, is this real?”
Dhruv continuously helps me in the kid’s classes and gives me a lot of ideas from the kid’s point of view, the name Supermaths is also chosen by him.
This noble cause of sharing knowledge motivates me and Dhruv to keep working together, has it is rewarding seeing the children developing all-round academic excellence.
We have two centers in Glasgow – Glasgow west and Glasgow south – and one center in Edinburgh at the time of writing this introduction. After being contacted by schools, we are delivering our courses with them too.
It was purely a coincidence and a destiny, as whatever I did as a mother for my boys’ academic development, I compiled it formally as a syllabus and started teaching other kids.
I am from an IT background, initially, I taught Abacus Maths to Dhruv only, which I learned in my school. When Dhruv achieved brilliant results at school, the headteacher invited him to present his Math’s skills at the school assembly, I was just super astonished by this.
My son Dhruv insisted me to introduce Abacus Mental Arithmetic to other kids, so they can also benefit from this wonderful and unique Math’s technique, as there is no any other institute in UK and Worldwide which teaches Maths the Abacus way.
I had organized an open day purely at my son’s request and received an excellent response from the parents and kids.
Recognizing the gap in the primary education sector, my motive for this initiative was to genuinely help develop kids’ overall academic performance and the betterment of the community. However, with the positive results and due to high demand, it turned into an Educational Institution.
That’s why It was purely a coincidence and a destiny. Learning Maths using the Abacus tool has also proven to be very effective for kids with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and ADHD which causes children to have difficulty understanding number-related concepts.
The Abacus is not only a useful tool for learning Maths, but it also helps in developing IQ levels and ultimately results in overall brain development. Kids automatically start performing better in all subjects with their boosted confidence.
This fact has been proven by research that was carried out at Chicago to test the cognitive abilities of Abacus-trained children vs. Non-Abacus trained children. Mental Arithmetic also helps in logic building, which invaluably helped my boy’s logic building in Computer Programming.
More details about the above part are available at the website www.supermaths.co.uk
Every time my boy used to play a game he used to rush to me and asked questions. How is this made? how does this work? why is it that these move on their own? can we edit or delete the code and change the functionality of the software by changing the code?
I replied yes, we can, and from that time I started teaching him the coding, and then with the knowledge that he gained, he made a game at the age of 10. Dhruv then went on to deliver YouTube video tutorials on Website Development, Games Development and Cyber Security for kids to learn from. Dhruv makes and maintains the YouTube channel of the British Youth IT College.
Basically, whatever I did as a mother for my boy’s academic development, I compiled it formally as a syllabus and started teaching other kids.
This is how we started providing kids’ computer coding classes covering various programming languages. Computers are the future, and everything is technology nowadays. We are already depending a lot on technology, web apps, mobile apps, and software’s day by day. Kids absolutely love developing their logical programming skills through our courses.
More details www.byitc.org
Here are a few examples of how our business has been performing, since we started 4 years ago –
- Supermaths Glasgow students Appearance on ITV show Little big shots – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EICwTSLzak&t=268s
- STV Interview – Dr Rashmi Mantri and Dhruv Maheshwari –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35GJuND_jGU&t=18s
- Sunday Herald Article – https://supermaths.co.uk/coding-is-the-new-alphabet-but-are-your-kids-prepared-herald- scotland/
- Scottish Mail on Sunday Article – https://supermaths.co.uk/turned-child-math-wizz-now-can/
- BBC Radio Scotland Interview 1 – https://supermaths.co.uk/dr-mantri-appearance-bbc-radio-show/
- BBC Radio Scotland Interview 2 – https://supermaths.co.uk/dr-rashmi-mantri-on-bbc-radio-scotland-29-01-19/
- Appearance & Demo on STV’s “Live at Five” – https://supermaths.co.uk/stv-2-dr-rashmi-mantri-dhruv/
Over time, as our continuous development, we have also developed the English Language course for the kids whose first language is not English and we are getting really good satisfaction when we see kids learn and admire and even keep referring other children to us.
Here is what the parents said about us: https://supermaths.co.uk/testimonials/
My team has taught around 300 kids by now for Maths, English, and Coding.
As mentioned above we have also introduced the Computer Games Development Summer Boot camps for kids, we are the only Centre in Glasgow who is providing such a structured, regular and weekly computer coding classes for kids from beginner to advance level.
Firstly, we started with a small office based in Glasgow West End, then on-demand opened another center at South Side Glasgow. People from Edinburgh started requesting to open Abacus Maths and kids coding centers in Edinburgh and by now we opened one center in Edinburgh. People from other parts of Edinburgh city are demanding a new center which is in pipeline including running the summer camps in Edinburgh.
Robotics is something we introduced this year for the summer boot camps (we are doing summer camps fourth year in a row), again which is not done by any other institution in Glasgow.
Here are the details –
We are continually recruiting a new workforce training them based on our capacity and keep scaling up our business with the well-wishes of God, family, and friends.
We are the only institute of Indian abacus in Scotland, and We have two centers in Glasgow – Glasgow west and Glasgow south – and one centre in Edinburgh at the time of writing this introduction. After being contacted by schools, we are delivering our courses with them too.
A Short Bio about Myself and My Business
Dr. Rashmi Mantri (Director) BSc (Hons), MSc (Dist), Ph.D. Computer Science, the University of the West of Scotland.
We are the pioneer’s institute of Indian Abacus Maths in Scotland. We are continuously working towards training other people for this unique technique and ready for giving out the franchise opportunities now.
We are also one and the only name in Glasgow who provided the computer games development Summer boot camps in such a structured way.
The fourth year in a row, Kids Computing summer camps based in Glasgow were held five days a week (Mon to Fri 9 am to 5 pm) last year – to accommodate the working parent’s request.
Robot Coding and Engineering elements being introduced last year, in addition to our already popular Computer Games Development contents.