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kajeet users learning about science, technology, engineering, and math

Here’s a neat idea for a cell phone company partnership: provide learning programs for kids. That’s what kajeet is doing in their partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Hot Lava Software. They’ve created the Sports Byte Competition, a program that puts brain teasers into real-world contexts — sports, in particular, as the name suggests. From the release: “Questions involving baseball will challenge the user to determine whether a professional batter can decide to swing literally in a blink of an eye.”

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation director Merrilea J. Mayo can put this better than I can:

“We are capitalizing on young fans’ love for cell phones by using them as a learning tool,” said Merrilea J. Mayo, Ph.D., Director, Future of Learning Initiatives for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. “This new competition allows us to reach and inspire kids in a unique way. Our hope is that they learn how exciting science can be and potentially explore a career in the field.”

Kids can access the service by answering the following question via text message: “A pro batter decides to swing in a blink of an eye?” True is “sporta” and False is “sportb.” Text the answer to shortcode 83960. And yes, text messaging charges do apply.

[via Zimbio]