EA SPORTS, a unit of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), NFL Players Association (NFLPA), along with Discovery Education have teamed up to host an interactive live virtual field trip on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. ET for students countrywide.
Featuring Washington Redskins quarterback, Kirk Cousins, The Magic of Madden Virtual Field Trip offers middle school students (grades 5-9) the exclusive prospects to go behind-the-scenes at EA SPORTS Tiburon Studios in Orlando, FL., to explore the science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) powering recently’s popular Madden NFL series. Register here.
Accessible at no cost, Magic of Madden Virtual Field Trip will initiate students to EA SPORTS engineers, animators, designers, analysts, and producers at one of the leading studios amid Electronic Art’s global video game development facilities, as they discuss their career paths and applications of STEAM in bringing Madden NFL to life. Students will go on an elite studio tour, and get a firsthand look at motion capture process used to record movements of objects or people to animate digital character models, when EA SPORTS animators transform a student from Florida’s Orange County Public Schools into a Madden NFL character! Additionally, Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will join the virtual event to answer questions submitted by participating students.
Deputy Superintendent at Florida’s Orange County Public Schools, Dr. Jesus Jara stated that he encourage educators to integrate this virtual field trip into their classroom instruction to appoint students through interactive, digital content. This virtual event offers exclusive prospects for students to learn directly from creators of video games on importance of STEAM, and make connections from their classroom to everyday life and real-world careers.
Daryl Holt, VP and Head of Operations for EA Tiburon said, “We can’t wait to open our doors and show students our studio, introduce them to some of our experts, and open their eyes to what goes into making our video games.” “If this Virtual Field Trip encourages students to get more involved in STEAM in any way, then we will consider it a great success.”
“The NFLPA is about connecting businesses with sports and the players themselves,” stated Ahmad Nassar, President of NFL Players Inc. “This successful alliance is a perfect example of thinking outside the box to connect education with NFL players. Students learn directly from players, not only through the Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers platform, but through interactions with players who bring the concepts to life.”
SOURCE Discovery Education