PR Log - Sep 19, 2012 - Kick Start Your Geography Curriculum on Kickstarter Educators Can Purchase Exciting New Geography Unit on Popular Website
Throughout his life Ryan Sturm has loved two things: playing board games and teaching kids. He is combining the two with the launch of the interactive, spy-themed geography unit, "Finding Fiona SanFrancisco" on Kickstarter. This 30-Day campaign seeks to raise at least $5,000 for the publication of this interactive ten-week geography unit for use by teachers working with students from grades three to six.
“Who says geography has to be boring?” said Ryan Sturm, founder of GamesTeach, an independent curriculum design company. “This unit grabs the student’s attention right away. A game is one of the most powerful tools an educator can use to get real world results; resulting in motivated students who are excited about of all things: geography.”
Each student takes on the role of a secret agent tasked with capturing Fiona SanFrancisco and her gang of horrible evil henchman and henchwomen who circle the globe committing dastardly crimes. She can only be stopped by a hard working group of 3rd-6th grade students who are able to gain the skills and knowledge of the locations of states, cities and countries around the world to track Fiona and her gang and put them in their rightful place, behind bars.
Teacher and administrators can purchase the unit by clicking on http://www.gamesteach.com. Teachers can get a partial unit for $25 or the entire ten-week series for $100. Multiple copies of the units in both PDF formats and printed copies are available for higher donation amounts. Also people interested in supporting Sturm’s first original piece of curriculum are welcome to make a donation in any dollar amount and will be recognized in the credits of the project.
Utilizing the website Kickstarter is a popular way to fund creative projects. It is a website where people from around the country and around the world fund creative projects with the belief that a good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide. However, Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands.
“We are very excited about the launch of our first unit,” said Sturm. “Our hope is that its successful launch will allow us to develop other units focusing on government, citizenship as well as historical themes like colonization.” This is the first product offering from his company, GamesTeach whose company’s mission is to provide teaching materials for independent, creative teachers that will engage and motivate their students by creating rich learning experiences.
Sturm is a digital media veteran. He has also developed “How to Play” a successful audio podcasts series that teaches complex games and is the co-host of “Ludology,” an academic study of game history and design. The goals of the podcasts are that people use them to learn about new games, to learn to correctly play games easily and in an entertaining way. The podcasts are available online at http://www.howtoplaypodcast.com and free of charge on itunes. Both of these shows have grown to reach a worldwide audience of thousands of listeners.
Currently living in Western New York, Sturm has been teaching intermediate elementary students of grades three to six for over ten years. Throughout his career, Sturm has had a desire to create engaging instruction. In particular, Sturm’s love of social studies and games has driven him to create interactive simulations and units with game-like structures to engage his students. It has always been his dream to be able to share his work with other educators.