“This competition was designed to generate new areas of interest in math education that will, we believe, have a positive and lasting impact on the real-world strategic and analytic thinking skills our country’s students need to be successful."
New York, NY (PRWEB) April 24, 2011
Fifty-eight New York middle and elementary students have broken through to the finals of the U Games National Scholarship Tournament, a mathematics video game competition presented by Tabula Digita, developer of the DimensionU™ Learning System for K-12 students. The event, to be held in New York City on May 21, will include 240 students from across the nation each striving for a chance to showcase their math know-how and compete for a chance to win $60,000 in scholarship money.
The competition, which is for students in grades three-eight, consists of 12 total rounds of virtual play, each lasting two weeks. Finalists earned their spots by beating out thousands of student gamers from all over the country in a series of gaming challenges that began in November. Scores were computed based on game play skills, strategy, academic performance and an immediate “need-to-know the math” outcome. The U Games tournament is co-sponsored by Intel and in partnership with Dell.
“We know that one of the most effective ways to interest America’s children in vital Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics program activities and careers is to let them learn through something they already love to do -- play video games,” said Ntiedo Etuk, CEO and Co-founder of Tabula Digita. “This competition was designed to generate new areas of interest in math education that will, we believe, have a positive and lasting impact on the real-world strategic and analytic thinking skills our country’s students need to be successful and compete on a global level.”
The live, finals competition will be held at Hunter College in Manhattan where one proficient middle school winner will receive a $50,000 scholarship to be used towards the student’s college education, plus $1,000 cash. The elementary school winner of the live competition will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a family vacation for four to DisneyWorld in Orlando.
The learning solution used throughout the competition features the award-winning DimensionM educational videogame series, recognized for its captivating cache of virtual experiences that offer students an opportunity to master over 200 unique math skills. In fact, research conducted by the University of Central Florida showed considerable improvement in achievement and motivation scores of students who used the DimensionM software. Those students who played the games demonstrated gains nearly double - 8.07 points versus 3.74 points -- that of students who were not using the games. The DimensionU games, accessible from home or school, are correlated to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and state standards in all 50 states. Currently, students in more than 70 school districts across the country are currently using DimensionU games including New York City Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, Miami-Dade and Broward County Public Schools in Florida, and Dallas, Austin and Ft. Worth Independent School Districts in Texas.
About Tabula Digita
Since 2007, Tabula Digita has set a new course in the development of innovative educational video games. Through its collaborative, content-rich, immersive learning environments, Tabula Digita’s DimensionU Learning System offers research-based instructional tools that support math, literacy and science curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students. For more information, please visit http://www.DimensionU.com.
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