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The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), Nortel LearniT and Nintendo of America have teamed to develop Master the Science, an interactive, Internet-accessed learning inquiry including the familiar Pokémon characters to engage students in a program that incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themes into activity units for elementary and middle school students. This teaming of three nationally-recognized, award-winning educational materials developers empowers teachers and students with easily accessible standards-based tools. The learning games allow students to “Master the Science…Master The Game” by joining with Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl and other characters in exploring the dimensions of time and space in Gr. 3-5 lessons titled: Timekeeping by the Sun, Traveling with Dirty Snowballs, Living in Space and Gr. 6-8 level lessons titled: Expanding Universe, Life of a Star, Traveling in Space. The collaboration provides an opportunity for children to learn 21st century science using 21st century tools with characters they know. Capturing learners' imaginations via recognizable characters and symbols is just one ingredient in generating effective, engaged learning.
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