Saturday, August 31, 2013

Creating Free Games For Kids in Need

Big Leap has introduced the first crowd-funding  prize and reward network for social good by allowing users to solicit contributions for contests aimed at driving social change. The first such campaign on the BigLeap site seeks $25,000 for a challenge to develop free, game-based learning programs for underprivileged kids.

 Forbes reports:

Step 1: a challenge is posted (anyone can create a challenge)

The first challenge on the site is championed by Professor Silvia Bunge, a neuroscience and childhood learning expert at U.C. Berkeley, and Bill Ritchie, the CEO of ThinkFun games. Together they want to get the crowd (i.e., you) excited about the idea of raising money for a competition that will get innovators to think outside the box and create free games for underprivileged kids.

Step 2: raise money for the competition.

Bunge BG +0.69% and Ritchie aim to raise $25,000 by October 20th to “develop the best game-based learning programs that can be made for free (with common household items or art supplies). The games will target 6 to 12 year olds and will build reasoning, logic, and planning skills that are critical to future STEM careers. The top games will be distributed, free of charge, to the world via downloadable instructions.”

Step 3: innovate and create.

If they meet their target, the competition begins.

“There are millions of underprivileged students out there who don’t have access to the best learning environments or tools in their schools today, and because of this gap these children are at a significant disadvantage: their reasoning and logic skills are lacking, they test lower on IQ and standardized tests and they don’t master STEM basics — all of which are key to future job success,” says Bunge.

Competitors will work on creating games from everyday household items. They winner will get the reward when a challenge has been successfully solved. And from there hopefully commercialization and promotion will follow to get the games out to kids.

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