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'Pokemon Diamond/Pearl' (NDS) Used to Teach Science

by Rainier on Nov. 7, 2007 @ 5:24 a.m. PST

Through a new in-school program Nintendo of America has teamed up with The National Institute of Aerospace and Nortel LearniT to use basic characters and themes from Pokemon Diamond / Pearl to teach elementary and middle school students about science.

Now through December, a variety of printable lesson plans and classroom activities developed by NIA are available to students and teachers at For instance, a lesson plan might teach elementary school students how to tell time using a sundial, or middle school students about how the universe is expanding. An activity component is also built in, where teacher and student questions can be submitted and answered by science experts.

"We are thrilled to offer educators a resource program that utilizes popular characters to enhance the learning experience for students in fields of study that will only grow more crucial as we move forward in the 21st century," says Robert Lindberg, NIA's President and Executive Director.

"We're honored to have our characters take what sometimes may seem like dry topics and help make them come alive for students," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "The collaboration provides an opportunity for children to learn 21st century science using 21st century tools with characters they're familiar with."

"We know through our Nortel LearniT initiatives that technology integration in the classroom makes learning both exciting and engaging," says Greg Farmer, VP, Nortel Government and Community Relations. "As an organization that believes technology can enable opportunity, we are proud to be associated with this project."

Pokemon is no stranger to in-school education. Teachers and students can also visit Pokemon Learning League to access its award-winning interactive online lessons in Math, Science, Language Arts and Life Skills.

For more information visit the "Master the Science... Master the Game" in-school program website.

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