Rockdale Academy Students Design App Encouraging Exercise & Healthy Food Choices
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital assisted with content expertise
CINCINNATI – (May 26, 2015) Is an apple or an oatmeal cookie a better healthy choice? It’s not every day that you hear “exercise” and “good health” associated with video/digital games, but the students at Rockdale Academy have found a way to combine healthy lifestyle choices with the fun of playing a game.
Students from Rockdale Academy partnered with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) to develop a global Android and Apple app called “Healthy Run” that encourages players to exercise while collecting healthy food. The students will launch “Healthy Run” alongside representatives from Cincinnati Children’s and PIE during a special presentation at the school on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
Cincinnati-based PIE works with students and educators to develop transformational educational tools to accelerate academic achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, especially among girls and minorities. This project features the use of the Socratic Learning Method, which is typically used in graduate and undergraduate programs. It allows business and community executives to serve as in-classroom mentors as students solve a “real life” simulation, which the organization is currently facing.
“These apps gameify STEM concepts and allow students to develop “work ready” skills found in careers such as project engineers, plant managers, and clinical research scientists. They experience the thrill of ‘doing’ and better understand the meaning of their education,” said Mary Welsh Schlueter, CEO for PIE.
PIE case partner, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, mentored Rockdale Academy students during the creation of this app. Monica Mitchell, Ph.D., Community Relations, Senior Director will represent the hospital during the launch.
During this project, Rockdale students were asked to analyze information, develop research, utilize technology resources and work together to provide workable solutions. With the help of Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Applied Informatics, students learned basic coding and developed an interactive, digital app.
“This project gave our students the opportunity to devise creative and well-thought out solutions for a real-world application in a fun, digital format. They learned valuable skills that will translate well into their future education and careers,” said Belinda Tubbs Wallace, principal for Rockdale Academy.
Partnership For Innovation In Education (PIE) develops transformational educational tools preparing the 21st century workforce for success in the global marketplace. PIE features first-ever mentoring alliances with education, business and arts organizations, providing hands-on simulations in the K-12 classroom. PIE is a 501c3 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, awarded the GuideStar Nonprofit “Gold Exchange” Ranking. For more information, visit www.piemedia.org or follow @PIE_Innovation on Twitter.