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NBA basketball board game helps teach students math

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The board game uses NBA and WNBA stats to assist the player learn fundamental math skills in a fun and fascinating way.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers and the Lilly Foundation partnered to tip off the “NBA Math Hoops Program.” Math and basketball are two subjects the sixth grade students at Daniel Webster School don’t play about.

Thursday, they got a bit help with their math lessons from the professionals with the Pacers Foundation and the Lilly Foundation through a game called NBA Math Hoops.

The board game uses NBA and WNBA stats to assist the player learn fundamental math skills in a fun and fascinating way.

“Basketball is sort of connected to math because you’ve gotten so as to add up the points,” said sixth grader Isabella Vasco.

The foundations behind the event hope it reinforces the importance of STEM and its usefulness on and off the court.

“It might take you up to now. Math is in every part you do, whether you are on the court or off the court,” said Corey Wilson, vp of community engagement for the Pacers Foundation.

Indiana Fever star Danielle Robinson said growing up she also loved math and saw herself in the scholars within the room.

“It’s totally vital to speculate within the youth. The youth are the longer term,” Robinson said.

The sport not only taught them about math, but additionally sportsmanship. Students signed a sportsmanship contract before the sport began.

“They’re so wanting to learn at this age, nearly life,” Robinson said.

The sixth graders appreciated the chance to indicate off their hoop skills. They plan to take the lesson and share it with their friends and with anyone else who could be battling math.

Over the subsequent 4 years, the Pacers Foundation plans to work with IPS to implement this system throughout the varsity district.

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