It’s in the game: EA Sports, NFLPA teaming to teach STEM
MAITLAND, Fla. — Students around the country will learn about science and math thanks to an innovative partnership between the NFL Players Association, Discovery Education and Maitland-based Electronic Arts Tiburon.
EA SPORTS Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers, a comprehensive educational initiative, is a first-of-its-kind initiative to engage students in grades 5-9 with science and math content through an interactive digital learning game. The program also includes a virtual field trip to EA’s Tiburon development studio to meet the team behind the Madden NFL games and a local school community night featuring an NFL player, in addition to other learning tools.
A national survey from the Games and Learning Publishing Council about teaching with digital games found that 78 percent of teachers agreed digital games improved students’ mastery of curricular content and skills, and digital gaming helps to motivate students to attend class, pay attention and make stronger efforts to succeed.
Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers will excite students about math and science by using a combination of famous Madden NFL highlights and plays by some of the league’s most recognizable players and additional compelling content from the series. The educational program takes students inside the science and math behind football fundamentals and teaches them how and why certain offensive and defensive plays work. The program will launch on Dec. 1 and will be available at no cost to educators, parents and students worldwide here.
“This is an amazing new program to reach kids and engage them in math and science, and we’re excited to be a part of it,” said Anthony Stevenson, VP of marketing for Electronic Arts. “We’ve always strived for Madden NFL to be a teaching tool for the sport of football, and now we’re marrying the art of the video game to the science behind our young fans’ favorite sport, teaching them both the fundamentals of the sport and the math that fuels it.”
The program consists of interactive scenarios that are broken down into three sections: Explore, Learn and Game Play.
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