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Nintendo Plugs into Education Initiatives

Nintendo Plugs into Education Initiatives

Nintendo has joined forces with the Institute of Play to bring Nintendo Labo Kits to elementary schools across the U.S.

Under the terms of the deal, Nintendo will aim to supply around 2,000 students between the ages of 8-11 with Nintendo Labo: Variety Kits and Nintendo Switch systems during the 2018-19 school year. 

The Nintendo Labo combines the basics of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics with its gaming technology in an effort to make learning fun.

The kits give children the opportunity to create DIY creations called Toy-Con, including a Fishing Rod, Piano and RC Car, among others and to play games with these Toy-Con creations through a combination of physical and digital experiences, which the Nintendo Switch will bring to life.

Institute of Play is currently undertaking a pilot program in the greater New York area, which will inform a Nintendo Labo Teacher Guide that will become available in the fall. One hundred classrooms will receive kits following the pilot.

The program is part of Nintendo's greater North American eductaion initiative. The company has partnered with Actua in Canada on a similar project. 

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