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Struggling Students May See Greater Benefit from My Sports Pulse™

Preliminary data from My Sports Pulse points to an exciting finding: Students who struggled with math and science more, benefited more by participating in the My Sports Pulse challenge! Indicators show that students with the lowest scores on the questions actually saw more benefit from the program than those with the highest scores; noting that My Sports Pulse™ was very helpful in learning Math and Science, thinking about Math and Science differently than before, and preparing them to look for further resources on their own.

The sample size for this trial of My Sports Pulse was 76 students across five schools. A larger, more longitudinal study will be done when My Sports Pulse launches globally on March 1, 2008. However, the findings do point to the use of mobile technology, combined with sports themes—placing math and science, nutrition and fitness subjects in context of the real world—as a possible viable teaching method to reach the “hard to reach” students.

My Sports Pulse™ is an educational game delivered via IVR, SMS/text messaging, and video messaging to mobile technologies such as cell phones. By combining situated learning and scenario-based learning using sports themes, My Sports Pulse™ encourage K-12 students to take an interest in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM subjects), with adjunct interest in health, nutrition, and fitness. My Sports Pulse™ utilizes sports figures and athletes to lend distinction to the program, and uses sports tickets, trips to large sporting events, and other sports-focused items as an incentive to attract students

My Sports Pulse™ is currently being piloted in five global geographies: Kansas City and Orlando in the United States; Växjö, Sweden; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Kampala, Uganda; and Singapore. Phase I of the U.S. pilot, which ran across five schools in Kansas City, Missouri and Orlando, Florida, was completed at the end of 2007. The next phase—global rollout—will involve 10,000 players from around the world.

Contributing organizations to date include the Kansas City Royals, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Orlando Sharks and retired Orlando Magic players.

The "My Sports Pulse" name, likeness and image are a registered trademark of the University of Central Florida.
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The My Sports Pulse™ program was initially funded in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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