Teaching kids through gaming

At the Millstone Township Middle School in New Jersey, the future problem solvers club have developed some helpful learning tools for students with disabilities. This group of middle schoolers created seven different video games in earth science, math and social studies to supplement after school learning.

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AT THE MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP MIDDLE SCHOOL IN NEW JERSEY, THE FUTURE PROBLEM SOLVERS CLUB HAVE DEVELOPED SOME HELPFUL LEARNING TOOLS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES.

THIS GROUP OF MIDDLE SCHOOLERS CREATED SEVEN DIFFERENT VIDEO GAMES IN EARTH SCIENCE, MATH AND SOCIAL STUDIES TO SUPPLEMENT AFTER SCHOOL LEARNING.

HERE'S THE STORY.

Doing a math lesson at New Road School of parkland students play video games created by other kids.

We're helping kids improve on their grades so they can do better in school but then eventually later in life they're going to have knowledge to be able to get past everything else.

New Road is a private school for students with disabilities.

On this day sixth graders Daniel roarin Eden McGovern watch for the first time as students learn while playing their games.

The boys are part of millstone township middle schools future problem solvers club.

We want to make education a way in which kids can actually look into the problems that exist in their community and say hey I may be 11 12 13 years old but what can I do to make a difference.

The kids thought of all sorts of ideas.

We live in a town where like there's a lot of dear's like crossing the roads we tried to think of a way to stop that.

But overall this is our best idea.

Adrian and Daniel are part of a club that includes these millstone township middle schoolers too.

Together they built original videogames and created others using educational gaming websites says Co-advisor Kevin Norris.

Our goal was to make supplemental material that the kids can use outside of the classroom when they're at home to help them study and reinforce what they're learning.

New roads students completed a survey on how they learn best.

While teachers provided milestone students the topics they were discussing in class the club members use that information to create the games.

So far the milestone students have created seven different video games in three different subjects earth science social studies which covers famous historical figures and math which focuses on basic addition subtraction multiplication.

The middle school students created the game questions and answer options.

The questions were mainly like focused around grade level so what we would have learned in that grade.

We kind of used that and tried to push them further than they could have gone.

For Aiden the project is personal. His sister Molly attends New Road.

It's really fun and really interesting.

Getting to know how these kids get to learn so fast.

Molly mentors other students as they play the video games.

I love helping them learn and I just love seeing their smiling faces every day.

We're hoping that by doing this they really get the best out of them and they will embrace education.

Our students also have problems sometimes with attention span.

So looking for various programs that could address those needs and because of technology which is the way of the future it's engaging to our students it's able to hold their attention and it's what the typical population does so that is where our children are responding and we're seeing gains in their academic skills.

These new road teachers use the video games in their classrooms weekly.

I think it makes it more fun for the students like they I think they motivates them a lot more to want to learn what's the benefit of this.

It's repetition so the concepts help them retain the information better.

These middle schoolers have a lot more work ahead of them.

They're in the process of creating new video games and an educational video that they have been a star at in Parkland for NJTV News.