Children learn science standards through movement! Academics and creativity blend together in this series of educational videos.
The goal of this project is to make learning science more exciting for students and teachers. We've taken national science standards for 3rd-5th grade and turned them into lessons delivered via the most age-appropriate medium: movement. Students become planets, molecules, sound waves, making science fun, engaging and memorable.
We're starting out with a big idea: change the way we educate kids. Free them from their desks, blend academics with creativity and unleash their inner genius! These pilot videos will enable teachers everywhere to use the Mobius approach: teach highly engaging science lessons to learners of all abilities and styles through movement.
Here are just a few of the stats that get us fired up about this project:
* US science scores are declining...we rank 23rd out of 65 developed nations on the latest international test
* 17% of US children ages 2-19 are considered obese (13 million kids)
* No Child Left Behind mandates are only for reading and math, neglecting science, physical education and the arts (we love how Mobius addresses all 3 at once!)
I started working on this idea in 2007, testing lessons with students and teachers. In 2010 I wrote the 25-lesson curriculum, based on a synthesis of state standards (MA, CA, MN, TX). From 2010-2012 I tested the lessons in schools. I've been so encouraged by feedback from teachers and students that it's time to make these lessons available to a larger audience. (For a full list of concepts covered in the curriculum please go here.)
The goal for this Kickstarter project is to make the first 2 video lessons. We have assembled an incredibly talented and experienced team of filmmakers who are ready to turn this idea into reality and get kids moving! We will create a prototype formula that all of the lessons will follow. Sort of like creating a pilot TV show!
Our long-term goal is to turn all 25 (and counting) lessons into videos to create an online library for teachers. We want to see kids across the country moving to learn everyday.
We aim to be a new resource for teachers to engage more students. From our 2 years of testing we've heard from teachers who are overwhelmed by creating quality lessons in a subject they often know little about (science). We want to alleviate that burden and deliver high-quality, engaging lessons that are accessible to all teachers. Teachers, schools or districts will purchase affordable Move It subscriptions to the library on an annual basis.
Once we get the 3rd-5th grade library established we plan to keep going until we have lessons that cover science standards for K-12. If you help us exceed our Kickstarter goal, we will make more videos!
Our goal of $16,660 will allow us to make the first 2 lessons. Each lesson is designed to last approximately 50 minutes and will require about 10 minutes of video. The lessons will be broken into short segments; the teacher will pause the video to facilitate the movement exercises and then return back to the video for the next segment.
For any of you with experience in film, you will recognize that this is a very lean budget. We have 3 camera/producer people who have already kickstarted this project with many donated hours and will be charging well below their going rate. Thanks crew!
Our goal is to make each video lesson for about $6,000 each. To make all 25 lessons will cost about $150,000. Once we have income from the sale of the videos we will continue to invest in the videos by adding more graphics and animation that help portray the science concepts.
We think now, more than ever, is a good time to cultivate the next generation of creative scientists equipped to solve problems in a rapidly changing world. The more we look around at the world, the more urgent we feel about getting kids excited about science!
These pilot videos are the beginning to what we consider an educational movement. A movement to connect mind + body in the learning process, to make learning physical, fun and creative. And to frame science as a creative, world-changing endeavor.
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This project pushes the boundaries of what has been done before in educational media. We will be creating a template for a new way of using technology to create an engaging experience in the classroom. The videos will deliver science content to students while simultaneously guiding teachers to lead and facilitate the movement exercises in the classroom.
Our production crew has been making films for a combined 52 years so we have a lot of experience from which to draw as we experiment to find the best way.
Our main strategy for addressing this unknown territory is to get input from teachers as we build the prototype. We plan to make the first video, test it rigorously, and develop a strong formula.
Thanks for reading this far. If you are moved by this idea, support us however you can. And please use your powers of connection to send this page to any teachers, parents, scientists, dancers or humans with an interest in the future.
Remember, if you help us exceed our goal, we'll make more videos!
The Mobius crew
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $16,600 goal
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Nov 4, 2012 - Dec 9, 2012 (35 days)
Pledge $10 or more
You get access to a groundbreaking movement in education...download both video lessons and share with your kids, your favorite teacher or school. Please note, the first video will be done by March 2013, the second one by May 2013.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $30 or more
In addition to downloads of the 2 video lessons, you will receive a limited edition Mobius art + science t-shirt designed by one of the young scientists you saw in our Kickstarter video. Wear your pride in supporting learning that's fun, physical and creative!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Add $10 to ship outside the US
Pledge $75 or more
All of the above PLUS a Mobius hand drum which is essential when leading a Mobius class. This drum has magical properties...play it and make young learners freeze in the shape of volcanoes, planets and water molecules!Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Add $10 to ship outside the US
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At this level you will be enrolled in the beta version of the Move It annual subscription which includes monthly updates, science inspiration and general support for implementing the Mobius approach in the classroom. We're excited to build relationships with teachers who are eager to try new things in their classrooms! Gift this to your child's teacher and they will receive the downloads, tshirt, drum and a year's worth of monthly updates and inspiration.Estimated delivery: Feb 2013Add $10 to ship outside the US
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You're invited to the next Mobius filming session...warm-up with the kids and fiddle with our camerawoman's super cool gear. All this takes place in beautiful Jackson WY...if you live here it's easy. If you don't it's a great reason to visit our lovely town nestled in the Tetons. We're not exactly sure of our filming schedule so we'll be in touch about dates for Winter/Spring 2013.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
Not only are you invited to a filming session with the kids (see above), your name will appear as an official producer of the first 2 video lessons.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $5,000 or more
You will have a cameo appearance in one of the first video lessons! Not only will you get a moment of fame in the video and be named as a producer, you'll also get the opportunity to participate in the creative process. Sit in on the pre-production meeting before we film, brainstorm ideas with us and see what goes on behind the scenes.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $10,000 or more
In addition to the cameo appearance and producer credit, Mobius will provide a performance for your event. Founder Amelia Terrapin will work with 8-20 children (or adults!) to bring a science concept of your choice to life! Transportation to your city not included.Estimated delivery: May 2013