SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 28, 2013) — Where there are kids, there should be games. That’s the premise of a nationwide competition to create a learning game that groups of kids can play for free.
The contest is inspired by the research of UC Berkeley neuroscientist Silvia Bunge, who found that kids who played logic and reasoning games two or three times a week boosted their IQ scores by ten points.
“Children learn best when they’re motivated and having fun, and play is not just something that’s peripheral, the icing on the cake: it’s actually the cake; it’s how kids learn,” Bunge said.
The contest, open to anyone with an idea, is the first competition launched by BigLeap, the world’s first crowd-funding prize and reward network for social good. Winners will share $10,000 in prize money.
Bill Ritchie, CEO of ThinkFun games, helped start the competition through BigLeap, and said his hope is to find new ways for kids to learn so they can be better prepared for the challenges of the future.
“There’s this new idea out there that a game is more than just moving tokens around a board,” he said. “It can have a higher purpose, and we’re looking for people to come and engage with these new ways of thinking about how games can work.”
According to BigLeap founder and CEO Victor Cho, the instructions for how to play the winning games will be distributed online to groups around the world for free.
“Imagine hundreds of thousands or millions of kids getting access to these new, free brain games, where otherwise they didn’t have access to it,” Cho urged.
More information is at BigLeap.org.