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Cyber learning grant used to help get kids more active

Narrator:       This is Science Today. In an effort to fight childhood obesity, a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis, are partnering with a professional game designer to create a video game that will motivate kids to be more active. Cynthia Carter Ching, a professor of learning and mind sciences, says the two-year project is being funded by the National Science Foundation.

Carter Ching: They have a program called Cyber Learning, which is designed exactly to cut across traditional research and computer science, informal learning and new innovations in technology.

Narrator:       Carter Ching says working with an interdisciplinary team, including the game designers, has proven to be a rich experience.

Carter Ching:  I study learning and human development and technology and identity and then my colleagues at Foods for Health and Food Science Technology are particularly interested in finding out how we can get people to be more active and thus prevent later onset of lifestyle kinds of diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease.

Narrator:        For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.