Ideas + Digital Media=$2 Million

Posted by hlaverty on November 24, 2009


As a student I found science and math, well, sometimes challenging (math more so.) I can’t remember a creative teaching/learning method for either subject. I usually had a book, a fancy calculator that I needed help with, numbers and maybe a video here or there. However, it’s now the 21st century and a need for efforts to “reimagine and improve the education in math and science” is greatly needed.

On Monday, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation made an announcement, a $2 million competition for ideas to transform learning using digital media.

The competition seeks designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, researchers, and others to build digital media experiences – the learning labs of the 21st Century – that help young people interact, share, build, tinker, and explore in new and innovative ways.

The announcement and competition was planned with National Lab Day, a nationwide initiative to build local communities of support (hubs) that will foster ongoing collaborations among volunteers, students and educators.

A new component of the competition is Game Changers. This will provide awards for the creation of new game experiences using PlayStation’s popular video game, LittleBigPlanet. Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), in cooperation with the Entertainment Software Association and the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation will team with MacArthur to support Game Changers.

Here’s a quote from Connie Yowell, MacArthur’s Director of Education:

“This competition will help ensure that the new and highly engaging approaches to science, technology, engineering, and math find their way into schools, libraries, museums, and other spaces for learning.”

The competition is to support participatory learning, as defined by the competition, is a form of learning connected to individual interests and passions, inherently social in nature, and occurring during hands-on, creative activities.

I’m really excited to see what ideas flow in from this competition and I’m also happy to see organizations recognizing how digital media is influencing every day lives, even with education.

The competition is set to launch December 14. For more information on the competition and the steps involved visit


One Response to “Ideas + Digital Media=$2 Million”

  1. I think it is good for the student’s future as well as participants of the competition.

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