The body of research regarding the benefits of chess has grown over the years. Clinical studies have shown that chess improves critical thinking skills, the willingness to take the initiative, and the ability to adapt and solve problems creatively. Studies have also shown that chess improves math and reading test scores. Studies by Dianne Horgan, Ph.D., found that chess improves a child's visual memory, attention span, and spatial-reasoning ability. Chess demands players think outside the box and consider multiple angles, encouraging students to be resilient and growth-minded. Studies have also shown that chess is a meditative activity that enables - and rewards- focus and reflection. Our program uses multimedia sessions that include challenging puzzles and Socratic-based hands-on teaching where students are actively engaged in the learning process. We provide ample time to apply the tactics learned with peers in play.