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Basketball players, including Cleveland Cavaliers center Brendan Haywood, are used to practicing their skills on the court every day. They probably don’t practice their math and science skills quite as often. That changed for Haywood on Thursday when he joined the seventh grade class from Riverside Elementary School at Great Lakes Science Center for an afternoon of exploration and education.
As part of the Learn Fresh “NBA Math Hoops” program, Haywood and the students had the chance to see firsthand how math and statistics are used in everyday life. The group had the opportunity to tour NASA Glenn Visitor Center, take part in an Electricity Big Science Show, learn about energy transfer through hands-on exhibits and more activities at Great Lakes Science Center.
Haywood and the Riverside kids even got to make something that they were able to take home. One of the hands-on learning opportunities featured simple circuitry, to demonstrate the flow of electricity. A light-up cut-out Cavaliers logo was laser cut and engraved in front of the kids, showing them firsthand how it all worked.
About Learn Fresh and NBA Math Hoops
Learn Fresh is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that strives to make learning fun for everyone! They utilize culturally relevant topics and brands that students revere, to develop fundamental academic skills and show students that learning can be derived from the things that matter most to them. They explicitly focus their efforts to support the most underserved students in urban education settings across the United States.
Learn Fresh’s first product was NBA Math Hoops - a fast-paced board game and free mobile app that teaches fundamental math skills to students through the stats of their favorite NBA/WNBA players. The NBA Math Hoops curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills, and has been shown to improve students’ basic math skills and understanding of statistics, as they shoot, score and earn the title of Math Champion.
In 2013, the Cleveland Cavaliers partnered with Learn Fresh to establish the first regional community program to feature the NBA Math Hoops game and curriculum. Over 70 educators across Northeast Ohio now use Math Hoops in both classes and after school programs.