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A presentation on the Kinetic City SmartFoot dance pad, combining dance pad gaming with content on exercise and nutrition.

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  1. 1. SmartFoot Dance Pad: Thinking with your Feet By Bob Hirshon, Senior Project Director, AAAS
  2. 2. What is AAAS? <ul><li>Established in 1848 </li></ul><ul><li>World’s largest general science organization </li></ul><ul><li>Publisher of Science, founded by Thomas Edison, the leading peer-reviewed science journal in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Originator of Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy , the foundational national science standards project </li></ul><ul><li>Mission to advance science and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people </li></ul>
  3. 3. Science <ul><li>Founded in 1880 </li></ul><ul><li>Available in print, Science Digital, and Science Online </li></ul><ul><li>Largest circulation of any multidisciplinary science journal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>131,000 individual and institutional subscribers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>740,000 weekly readers leading peer-review journal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>10,000 papers submitted each year; only 1 in 13 accepted </li></ul><ul><li>51% peer-reviewed original research; 49% news & other editorial features </li></ul>
  4. 4. Kinetic City <ul><li>Fully interactive resource for kids 9 to 12 yrs. old </li></ul><ul><li>Benchmarks-based after-school program </li></ul><ul><li>Games, experiments, art, phys ed activities, and creative writing projects </li></ul><ul><li>Science learning online and offline </li></ul><ul><li>Winner of the 2004 Codie Award for Best Educational Software Solution </li></ul>
  5. 5. Kinetic City <ul><li>In the Control Car, kids can select a Deep Delete virus to battle. </li></ul><ul><li>Each virus represents a Project 2061 Benchmark sub-chapter topic </li></ul>
  6. 6. Kinetic City <ul><li>For each virus, or topic, there are five activities </li></ul><ul><li>The Mind Game is a computer game or simulation </li></ul><ul><li>Fab Lab is a hands on activity </li></ul><ul><li>Move Crew is a phys ed challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Art is an art activity </li></ul><ul><li>Write Away is a creative writing exercise </li></ul>
  7. 7. Kinetic City <ul><li>Mind Games are fun computer-based activities </li></ul><ul><li>Each is either a game or a science simulation </li></ul>
  8. 8. Kinetic City <ul><li>After completing the five activities, children take the Mission to Vearth challenge to test their knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Children win points in their on-line accounts by playing the games successfully </li></ul>
  9. 9. Kinetic City <ul><li>In Smart Attack, children must select a box when a statement that matches the information in the box passes by. </li></ul><ul><li>Users can also gain extra time when a clock goes by, extra lives when a heart goes by, and extra points when a number goes by. </li></ul><ul><li>Clicking on a virus results in the loss of one life </li></ul>
  10. 10. Kinetic City <ul><li>Individual point totals and ranks, as well as club point totals, appear in the Club Car </li></ul><ul><li>A scoreboard displays high scores of players around the world </li></ul>
  11. 11. Kinetic City <ul><li>Official Kinetic City Clubs create their own Club Website </li></ul><ul><li>Each Club Website displays Club point totals, as well as the point totals for each Crew, or team </li></ul>
  12. 12. SmartFoot <ul><li>While visiting our programmer, I noticed an eviscerated game pad... </li></ul><ul><li>Discussed programming it for Kinetic City use </li></ul>
  13. 13. SmartFoot <ul><li>Upcoming high-profile event on Obesity and Nutrition </li></ul>
  14. 14. SmartFoot <ul><li>So I thought, what if we combine this with this ??? </li></ul>
  15. 15. SmartFoot <ul><li>To do, that we’d need a field-tested, research-based curriculum to provide the content... </li></ul>
  16. 16. SmartFoot <ul><li>We’d end up with something like this: </li></ul>
  17. 17. SmartFoot <ul><li>Printed pads enroute from China, due May 20 </li></ul><ul><li>Playing around with the game to make it faster and funner </li></ul><ul><li>Considering giving teachers the XML file to use their own content </li></ul><ul><li>Adapting Bug Blaster, too </li></ul><ul><li>Creating new games that provide feedback based on activity </li></ul>
  18. 18. SmartFoot <ul><li>We’d love to work with Konami or other companies to optimize these and get these distributed more widely </li></ul><ul><li>We’d be happy to partner with other organizations on this, too, for distribution, research, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>We’d also like to work on other ideas and other platforms. We’ve already kicked around some WII controller ideas and will probably do something on that over the summer. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask me later about Science Gym and Science of Yo-Yos </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Contact me with questions/comments/offers of large sums of money at: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>