AETN is proud to announce that we and our partners at the Pine Bluff School District, Jefferson County Growing Healthy Communities and Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation have been awarded a $10,000 “Cyberchase Step It Up!” grant to encourage kids to increase their physical activity during the school day.
The “Cyberchase Step It Up!” challenge is a five-week, school-based active kids program designed to get children across the country to increase their physical activity at school through simple exercise and engaging, math-based activities. Six hundred students in 2nd-5th grades at our partner schools in the Pine Bluff School District will participate in this year’s challenge.
The program is inspired by “Cyberchase,” the Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS math series developed for kids ages 6 to 11 packed with mystery, humor and action. “Step It Up!” builds on the program’s positive message about math by teaching concepts in a fun way kids can understand.
Over the course of the “Step It Up!” challenge, every participating student will work to increase their steps and monitor physical activity. Through the grant, students will receive pedometers to track their daily steps, and the student who increases their steps the most will win an award!
The “Cyberchase Step It Up!” activities were developed by the Tufts University’s Active School Acceleration Project to build physical activity during the program, and the program is specially designed to help students increase their step counts while enjoying math activities in school. Each Pine Bluff teacher has received a toolkit to support the programs, and students will receive weekly incentives for their participation in the project.
AETN received the grant for this program from WNET/THIRTEEN Production LLC. The basic program materials are available in the free, downloadable “Cyberchase Step It Up!” guide at https://to.aetn.org/CyberchaseStepItUpGuide for educators who would like to incorporate a similar program into their schools’ curriculum.