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Motion Kids is The Leader in Active Gaming Products for Schools.
We are dedicated to improving fitness, academic study and student behavior in schools by using the world’s top tested and proven “Active Gaming” products. Active Gaming is a positive addendum to any good physical education program that is looking to motivate kids on a more natural and exciting level.
Our Active Gaming products are designed to engage kids from the very beginning while keeping them mentally and physically focused. We get kids motivated by using video-game disguised fitness products that promote active and healthy lifestyles.
“Memory retention and learning functions are all about brain cells actually changing, growing, and working better together. . . Exercise creates the best environment for that process to occur.” – Dr. John J. Ratey, Harvard Medical School, author of the book Spark
“90% of teachers and 86% of parents surveyed connect physical activity with improved academic performance and behavior.” – PE4Life Blueprint for Change
“One in every three U.S. children born after 2000 will become diabetic unless many more people start eating less and exercising more.” — Dr. K.M. Venkat Narayan, diabetes epidemiologist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
How It’s Used
Our goal is to provide the world’s top tested Exergaming (Active Gaming) products that can hold up in any school environment. With great products come positive benefits. Listed below are the benefits of Exergaming (Active Gaming) we look for when dealing with schools
Health: Exergaming encourages active and overall healthy lifestyle in kids
Academics: Exergaming has been proven to increase academic performance and help with a variety of learning disorders.
Social: Exergaming encourages family / friend participation, bonding and social integration among peers.
Physical:Exergaming increases reaction time and improves concentration, cognitive perception, eye-hand-foot-mind coordination, kinesthetic awareness, balance, and agility.
School, PEP’s and Grants
Contact Reference List
This is a partial list of quality Physical Education programs (Schools and After School) that have been very successful using Active Gaming, Exergaming and Interactive Fitness products as a tool to motivate and engage students.
Please contact them, so they can share in their experience of how they changed their PE programs, the Schools outlook on wellness and made a difference in the Community. They have been through this before and have a wealth of information.
Contact: George Velarde
School: Sierra Vista Jr. High, Canyon Country CA
Position: Physical Education Chair Contact:
Description: Sierra vista was a 2007 PEP grant winner.
Due to the modeling of the “New PE”, Sierra Vista’s Physical Education program has been recognized by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness/Sports as a Demonstration Center for the Nation
74% Increase in State Fitness Gram Scores: Over the last 6 years, our Fitness Scores have improved in every category of the State Fitness Scores. But more importantly, our Fitness Scores are higher than the State Average and for the last 2 years we have been tops in the State for Jr. High Schools.
11% Increase in Academic Scores: Our Schools Academic Scores (API) have also increased every year since the PE Dept. changed their philosophy from the “Old PE” to the “New PE”.
Contact: Dan Lawler Ph.D.
School: Tavelli Elementary, Fort Collin Co.
Position: Retired Principal
Contact: Email: email@example.com
Description: Tavelli has one of the first entire Exergame Labs in the country. Modeled and influenced by the ‘SPARK’ book by Dr. Ratey and through the years of work in the Physical Education field by the late Phil Lawler of Naperville IL and PE.4.Life
Dan pioneered the “Time IN vs. Time OUT” philosophy in his school years ago using Exergaming as a release for the Attention Deficit students, and has greatly expanded on the benefits of incorporating Exergame Fitness products into schools.
Contact: Marvin Christley
School: New Haven School District, New Haven CT
Position: Physical Education Department
Contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: New Haven was a 2008-2010 PEP grant winner.
The program, I created to reduce childhood obesity, is called T.H.A.N.C.S. THANCS stands for Teaching Health and Nutrition Choices to Students, to help aid in reducing childhood obesity by increasing movement time. Currently we have about 15 elementary/middle schools, up and running with more to come. The program uses innovative technology to better assess our students and to motivate them to exercise. This year we also purchased a cross curricular exercise bike called “ Brainbike” This piece allows you to exercise while playing brain games such as math, memory and other cognitive thinking games. The games are a lot like the questions students would see on the Connecticut Mastery Tests. There has not been one principal who this doesn’t think this is the best piece of exercise equipment. We have also created journals in order for students to track of their own fitness.
Contact: Rick Shupbach
School: Grundy Center Iowa
Position: Physical Education Chair
Contact: Email: email@example.com
Description: Grundy Center is nationally recognized PE.4.Life Academy. They have perfectly blended Technology and Exergaming into traditional fitness and their P.E. Program.
The Vault Activation Zone The Vault Activation Zone is a fun “turn-key” fitness solution for schools that are wanting a full room concept along with customized products and programming. More and more schools every year are seeing the positive benefits of better grades and behavioral attitudes when incorporating “Active Gaming” into their daily regiment.
No other company offers schools such a vast selection of products along with free layout and designs conceptualizing this growing industry.
Vault Services Include: Customized Room Décor – Custom Marketing & Branding Materials – Global Exergaming Network – Merchandise Line – Optional Upgraded Medical Programming – Preventative Product Maintenance – Best Selection of Tested Active Gaming Products – No Mandatory Fees – Any Size Budget – Any Size Space – 2D, 3D & Fly-Thru Concept Designs – No Hassle Quotes – Kid Approved – Low Financing Available
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iDANCE effectiveness in Schools by Play4 School:
What does the research say?
• Ten minutes of rhythmic aerobic exercise before a cognitive task (like reading or math)
resulted in better success at that task
• Students who did 10 minutes of rhythmic aerobics like iDANCE2 before a standardized
test, did up to 25% better at that test than students who received 20 minutes
of test-specific tutoring.
• School-age children who have a higher level of aerobic fitness processed information more
Our five years of field testing and more than 250 published research studies indicate
that ExerLearning the iDANCE2 way delivers:
• Eye-tracking and Patterning Practice
• Increased Academic Success
• Effective and energizing physical activity right in the learning environment
• Productivity, focus, and 21st Century Skills
• Increased Attention and Focus
• Improved Motor Skills: Timing, Planning, Control
• Sequencing, Coordination, Rhythm and Balance
• Increased oxygen to the brain
• Improved Reading and Math Fluency
is a full physical activity-integration curriculum model for grades 3-12. Rhythmic physical activity, balance training, academic success and social engagement are seamlessly delivered by
Visit our website for Schools at: www.motionfitness.com/schools
Our huge selection of Active Gaming products have all been thoroughly tested at our Lisle, Illinois based research facility called Bulls Sox Training Academy. The four main components we look for when testing all of our products include:
• Overall durability and quality of the product
• Health & medical based programming options
• Ease of use, portability & set-up/breakdown time for Schools
• Any optional future upgrades and product additions
Having this procedure in place keeps our list of “recommended products” at the forefront of school based fitness.
The BrainBike is a fully-functional exercise bike with a multi-media PC that combines exercise
with learning. Gamercize Technology interacts with the BrainBike by simply
activating the mouse when you are pedaling, then stopping the mouse when you
are not. With 22 brain-stimulating exercises developed by medical specialists,
the NeuroActive program is the only brain-fitness program that uses an advanced
artificial intelligence and a series of word problems and visual exercises to
train the entire brain and sharpen 16 cognitive functions.
iDANCE is a multi-player dance and step system that’s fun and challenging for up to 32 players that must step to the beat on the platform, matching the arrows presented to them on the
screen. Up to 3 different difficulty levels can be played on one screen. The
iDANCE system provides cognitive, social and physical benefits, which can lead
to improved academic skills. It is simple to learn, exciting to play and offers
users a wide range of skill levels.
- Easy to use
- Lightweight wireless dance pads
- Portable storage roll case
- Real-time feedback
- Upgradable software
- Over 100 licensed songs
- Safe lyrics and graphics
- All ages, levels, and abilities
- Quick set-up and take down
- Instructor friendly tools
Twall Touch Wall
The tWALL consists of multi-colored LED panels that react to “touch.” Your task is
simple…deactivate the light as soon as it appears. This proven technology
sharpens reaction time, improves hand-eye coordination, and promotes
neurological development. The tWALL can be used by multiple players of any age,
skill level or ability; also provides focus training for ADD/ADHD and special
The Exerbike provides a fun and engaging entertainment center by allowing the user to directly control
your favorite video game played through a XBOX. The faster you pedal -
the faster you move. Steer through the course and race against others. Designed
from the ground up and built to commercial specifications the Exerbike bike is
made to last.
Makoto Sports Arena
The Makoto consists of three indestructible vertical towers, each equipped with 10 lights. Listen for the sound, look for the light, and knock it out! Your reaction time and score are measured
electronically so you can compete with yourself or others. The settings are
easily adjusted for varying abilities and programs. Makoto increases
neurological connections, mental and visual sharpness, cognitive ability, physical
ability, reaction time and overall better coordination and performance.
The Target Trainer is a 4’ x 8’ panel consisting of 9 LED interactive targets that can be played
individually, in pairs or in groups. The system can also be connected wirelessly
to allow larger groups of people to train at the same time. Creative
programming can be implemented to help improve coordination, balance and
equilibrium, as well as build strength and stamina.
The Freedom Climber is a “revolutionary” circular rotating climbing wall that provides all the strength and conditioning benefits of climbing in a safe, fun, and dynamic environment. The action of
climbing causes the rotation, either clockwise or counter-clockwise. Freedom
Climber provides all the benefits of rock climbing: enhancing core muscle
development and improving hand-eye coordination, flexibility, balance and
Traverse Climbing Walls
This is a type of climbing that goes sideways instead of up. The space saving design
of traverse climbing is ideal for gymnasiums and clubs. These walls are very
safe and need minimum staff training or oversight, yet they provide much of the
excitement and fitness benefits of a full-sized wall.
A portable, lightweight, modular obstacle course where kids and adults have fun
exercising! Set it up in any available space, store it away when finished, or transport
it from location to location. The course can be used in one continuous layout,
or assembled into workstations for large groups or classes. Exercise on the
Railyard is a 100% natural and a functional workout that improves cardiovascular,
core and muscular strength, balance, agility, coordination, speed, power,
flexibility, endurance, posture, and burns calories like no other workout.
Exercise on the Railyard improves muscular/skeletal
function, strengthens, and stabilizes the shoulders, core, lower body muscles
and joints, back, and hips.
Rope climbing machines give users a quick and effective cardio workout by exercising
upper-body muscles. By combining multi-muscle strength and cardio training in
one machine, rope climbers eliminate the need for separate equipment,
maximizing floor space utilization.
Jacobs Ladder is a commercial cardio machine specifically designed for fitness
enthusiasts, athletes, and professionals. Its unique design places the user at
a 40° angle in order to take stress off of the lower back.
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As part of our mission to promote youth health and activity, we’re happy to help connect organizations with the following grant opportunities. You’ll find helpful resource links, as well as a listing of grants that target health and education improvements for youth. If you would like to submit or additional grant information or resources, please contact us.
How To Write a Successful PEP Grant by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation
How to Begin the Grant Writing Process
•Begin early! Rather than wait for the publication of PEP grant guidelines start a “Needs Assessment” in your district immediately and begin developing a proposal strategy.
•Surround yourself with others who are interested in program development and positive about change.
•Look for community partnerships. Task forces will assist and help to sustain the grant. Consider inviting the medical community.
•A key question to ask is “What do you want to see as a result of the grant?” and “How will you know when you have succeeded?” Have a vision. If your goal is to initiate change and move towards a “new” PE program it is important to explain how you plan to achieve this transition in your application.
•Involve a professional grant writer if available especially someone with experience writing federal grants. Enjoy the advantage of faster access to essential information. School districts who have professional grant writers typically have on file the type of information that federal grants require. Federal grant guidelines can be complex. Grant writers skilled in writing federal grants can quickly resolve questions.
•Be sure to involve teachers in all early discussions because they will be the agents of change.
•Keep in mind that successful grant writing involves a combination of skill and luck!
Choosing a Project Title
While a “catchy” project title may not be the decisive factor in any grant application it may help reviewers to remember your proposal ahead of others that they review. Here’s a sample from last year’s successful PEP grants:
•PE for Progress
•21st Century PE
•Project Health Smart
•Fit for the Future
•Fitness Education: The Shape of things to Come
Developing a Budget
•Working closely with your district Business Office to ensure that proper rates, overheads etc., are included in your budget.
•Be sure to include funds in your grant to administer the grant. Although most teachers are concerned that funds are devoted to purchases that affect their students it is a mistake to ignore the need for someone to administer the grant.
•Carefully consider what you plan to do. What will be the cost and be sure the expenses in your proposed budget match what you are proposing to do. Look carefully at your proposal and highlight any items that appear in the proposal that are NOT reflected in the budget.
•Contact and talk to the vendors you propose to use. Because information will be needed in a timely fashion, it is important to work with companies you trust and can rely upon.
Establishing the Need for the Grant
•Use any unique data that your school district has been collecting in your grant application. For example, in 2001 one district had data that showed students of color and low income had significantly higher levels of obesity and health problems. Another district had data suggesting a positive correlation between physical activity, obesity, and increased behavioral problems. Does your state have any unique data? Wisconsin for example had its “Wisconsin Indicators for School Health.” This data showed a state increase in obesity among children ages 2-5.
•Use the President’s Challenge, Fitnessgram, Physical Best, or other fitness data that your district has probably accumulated. from years of physical fitness testing
•Use national research and statistics to support your application. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is a good starting point for national data. The “School Health Index” and the “Youth Risk Behavior Survey” are especially useful. National data is helpful to supplement an absence of any local data.
•Look to professional literature (JOPERD, TEPE, etc.) for supporting evidence. Search web sites such as PE Central and PELINKS4U for news reports, articles, and other published data that supports the goals of your grant proposal.
•Be sure to include in your application a plan to collect pre- and post project data so that you can show the changes that occur as a result of your grant.
How to Incorporate State and National Standards
•Show in your proposal that you are aware of, and plan to work towards local (state) and national standards
•If appropriate explain how you are endeavoring to transform your curriculum from traditional activity offerings to those being promoted as part of the “new” physical education.
•One way to ease this transition is to consider building standardized instructional units with guidelines that all teachers will follow.
•Be sure to write the appropriate standards into your instructional units so that all teachers are reminded of your goals and the assessments you plan to implement.
•Consider involving other closely related disciplines such as health and nutrition, as well as opportunities for broader interdisciplinary cooperation.
Collecting Assessment Data
•Districts close to higher educational institutions should consider inviting faculty to assist with the data collection planned for the grant especially if there is a desire to publish the findings.
•A key is looking at where you are and where you want to be, then selecting the type of data you need to collect to illustrate this transition.
•Remember that long-term measures are probably necessary to see any changes in behaviors over the period of the grant.
•Consider collecting more than just fitness data. Evidence showing changes in behavior should be considered.
Contact us for a full profile of available Grant Resources
•Successful PEP recipients reported that the networking they have experienced through attending workshops and professional development events helped to prepare them for the grant. Make use of your colleagues within and outside your district and state.
•AAHPERD offers valuable resources such as National Standards, Developmentally Appropriate PE Guidelines, and Physical Activity Guidelines. Use them!
•Research the information available through the CDC for health/activity data.
•Have your grant reviewed by an experienced federal grant writer especially if you did not have an experience grant writer assist in developing the proposal.
Barriers to Overcome
•Understanding the language of the proposal. This is where someone experienced in federal grant writing can prove invaluable
•Need to attend to how the proposal will fit into your school district’s priorities. A supportive school district is essential.
•Time is a constant challenge especially if you already have a full time job. Grant writing demands a high level of commitment.
•Lack of resources to support your requests. This is where faculty expertise can be of assistance if you have a higher educational institution nearby.
What Would Teachers Do Differently Next Time?
•Start as early as possible rather than wait until grants are announced. You will not have as much time as you anticipate for writing the grant.
•Endeavor to put together a strong, representative grant writing team because this will help to move the grant forward.
•Ask yourself who in your community has grant writing experience
•Be sure to allocate time (and the associated budgetary costs) in your plan for teachers to meet, plan, and discuss the progress of the project once it begins.
•Be sure to consider all of the people whose skills or knowledge will be needed. It is easy to overlook people who will be involved in budgeting and administering the grant. Involve the major players earlier!
•If you specifically name the items and vendors you want it may be possible to avoid time-delaying bidding processes.
•Be sure to include in your proposal the equipment needed for data gathering and analysis, for example, laptop computers, PDAs, and also allocate funds to support travel.
•When you think you have a good proposal invite others to read it and ask them to highlight anything that needs clarifying or items that you may have left out that have budgetary implications.
•Having or developing skills in grant writing is helpful.
•Luck ispart of the process but never doubt that you can be successful!
•Remember that grant reviewers are not necessarily experienced physical education teachers. It is important to write specifically to the grant criteria.
Plan to Use Your PEP Grant to Support Future Grants
•Build in the capacity to continue your grant if opportunities exist.
•Remember that this PEP grant may serve to spin off additional grants because participants will begin to think differently and see other opportunities
•Monitor that the data you planned to take is being appropriately recorded and systematically tracked.
Characteristics of the PEP Grant Recipients
Summarized below are some of the characteristics of last year’s successful applications. Be sure to remember that the ideas presented are from many different proposals!
•”Project Inshape” presented the premise that quality PE would improve academic performance.
•The “PE for Progress” proposal established a unique urban and rural partnership. Its primary goal was simply to increase the time spent in PE by emphasizing that fitness was an individual rather than group responsibility.
•A program in Massachusetts was designed to combat childhood obesity. It proposed to increase professional development opportunities for PE teachers and train paraprofessionals to implement physical activity opportunities into the school day. A community outreach program was also included.
•Many schools used this grant to increase limited supplies of equipment and especially technology. Typically, these requests were accompanied by plans to transform the curriculum and offer different activities.
•In the Washington DC environment where 93% of the school population consisted of African American and Hispanic students, a desire was expressed to create a database of student fitness scores.
•Several districts used the grant to introduce opportunities for increased authentic assessment and student portfolios. Assessment was a critical component of all grant proposals.
•In the “21st Century PE” grant each school proposed to create a PEP team that included a teacher, parent, counselor, and community member. A 1/2-time project coordinator was included.
•One school brought in a team from “Project Adventure” and focused on meeting the needs of inner city children.
•In the “Fit for the Future” proposal efforts were made to coordinate a health and fitness program between elementary, middle, and high schools. Purchasing heart rate monitors and pedometers was an important part of the grant
•One proposal, written entirely by three physical education teachers, focused on transforming the district curriculum from a focus on team and individual sports to fitness and lifetime activities.
•A California district proposed aligning their curriculum with the state standards. To do so they offered workshops that teachers would be paid to attend and in return receive the equipment needed to change their curriculum.
•Columbus public schools worked cooperatively with Ohio State University faculty to introduce a curriculum focused on Tactical Games, Sports Education, teaching Responsibility, Inclusion, and the use of new technology.
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“I couldn’t be happier with our “exergaming” equipment purchased from Motion Fitness! Children of all ages within the Kenston Local School District enjoy this fun, challenging way of exercising, which many have never experienced in a school setting. It is especially exciting to see our younger students after they have used our Lightspace Floor, iDANCE, or Railyard Fitness: rosey cheeked and smiling! Motion Fitness has allowed us to engage students in the Physical Education setting that may have been previously “turned off” to physical activity,” Jeff Gowdy, PEP Grant Facilitator. Kenston School District. Chagrin Falls Ohio.
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