Fans, Take Out Your Cell Phones
Kauffman Foundation brings new lesson plans to the T-Bones field.
PR9.NET July 21, 2008 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - More than one competition will take place at the local T-Bones games this summer. The new Sports Bytes Competition, entering the field this July, is sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and powered by Hot Lava Software.
The Sports Bytes Competition will engage the young fans in the crowd by sending them mathematics, engineering, technology, and science questions via their cell phones. Combining fun with technology, fans will learn the science behind one of America's favorite pastimes. For example, while the players are warming up for the next inning, fans can learn about the impact of gravity and friction on a baseball's path.
The in-game promotions will build excitement around science education during July and August home games. The Sports Bytes professor – a quirky-looking, crazy-haired announcer – will leap up on the dugout and guide the crowd through the sports-related science quiz. The announcer will ask the fans a question: "Which ball has the slower speed when thrown: a baseball or a softball?" In response, kids will text either "sporta" for baseball or "sportb" for softball to 83960. They will then receive a response text with the correct answer as well as a link that provides them access to other Sports Bytes questions. Sports Bytes enthusiasts can access the questions anytime from their mobile phones by texting "sport" to 83960.
"We are capitalizing on young fans' love for cell phones by using them as a learning tool," said Merrilea J. Mayo, Ph.D., director, Future of Learning Initiatives for the Kauffman Foundation. "This new competition allows us to reach and inspire kids in a unique way. Our hope is that they learn how exciting science can be and potentially explore a career in the field."
The kids who answer at least one Sports Bytes question correctly are entered into a drawing to win a prize pack, which is given out later in the game. With baseball players in mind, the prize pack will include free tickets to an upcoming T-Bones game, signed baseballs, a first pitch certificate, a kajeet mobile phone, and T-Bones merchandise.
In addition to the T-Bones, the Frederick Keys, Aberdeen Ironbirds, Bowie Baysox, Wilmington Blue Rocks and Delmarva Shorebirds are participating in the in-game promotions, along with the D.C. United Soccer Team.
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