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Published on Apr 22, 2009
Young people can learn anywhere, not just in a classroom. Sports Bytes, an innovative pilot program funded by the Kauffman Foundation, is designed to capture kids attention by incorporating gaming and cell phones to deliver important math and science lessons to middle school students.
Kauffman teamed up with Hot Lava Software, the company with the most experience in developing learning modules for mobile phones and hand-held devices develop learning modules and questions that meet academic standards for middle school students.
In the summer of 2008 we tested the concept at all home games held in a half dozen minor league baseball parks and at three major league soccer games. During this two-month testing period, thousands of people answered the call to use their mobile phones to take the quizzes at these games.
Ultimately, through this project, Kauffman is exploring various ways to get more students engaged in mathematics, engineering, technology and science. Linking science concepts to sports activities is one way to reach them, especially as they use their mobile phones to take the quizzes. And, Sports Bytes may be an example of how more and more students will learn in the future.