NBA Math Hoops, an interactive STEM enrichment game developed by Learn Fresh, includes a board game, accompanying curriculum, and mobile app designed to improve math proficiency in 4th – 8th grade students. The game provides students opportunities to practice mathematical operations, explore probability, and improve fluency. The collaborative nature of the game, as well as the curriculum, also encourage students to work productively with each other, demonstrate good sportsmanship, and persevere.
A 2019 independent assessment showed NBA Math Hoops participants demonstrated a 33 percent gain in math fluency and 18 percent growth on a NAEP-aligned math assessment, and a 2019 social-emotional outcomes study showed that participants were 30 percent more likely than a control group to report growth in key attributes like leadership, grit, and resilience.
Learn Fresh partners with NBA and WNBA leagues and teams to embed real-world relevance and themes pertinent to youth into NBA Math Hoops. These partnerships with professional sports organizations allow Learn Fresh to incorporate player stats directly into the game and engage students through team-sponsored events, leading to an engaging program with real-world connections.
With support from Overdeck Family Foundation, NBA Math Hoops is working on expanding their game from a web-based platform to Android and iOS apps, which will enable students to access the product independently and with their families.