Luca & Friends: an interactive learning app that can get kids moving

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In 2016, India’s Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth noted that most children spend most of their day in sedentary activities. In six years, sedentary life should become even more routine, especially with more affordable mobile phones and unlimited internet.

Health and fitness company GOFA aims to use that same mobile phone to get kids moving through fun and immersive educational games.

He launched an app in India called Luca & Friends. “Designed for children ages 4-8, the app provides an interactive learning experience where players play games by ‘moving’ to select the correct answers,” said Wayne Chung, CEO of GOFA, to FE. “Using basic moves and following simple instructions, players can stretch or jump in order to ‘touch’ or ‘catch’ the correct responses helping them develop strength, endurance, coordination and flexibility while by practicing English and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.”

He claimed that through the use of artificial intelligence technology, these games encourage movement and learning, “giving children the perfect platform to improve their knowledge and increase their daily exercise”.

The story of Luca & Friends centers on a “galaxy far, far away” where Prince Luca and his alien friends (Pumkey, Digby and Mighty Coke) embark on a mission to save Earth from hate, fighting and injuries. The characters then appear in the app to connect children to the world of learning and movement.

Key features of Luca & Friends include:

—Social Interaction: All games are socially interactive, encouraging players to invite friends and family to join in the fun.
—Educational content: it offers more than 100 lessons and activities covering English and STEM subjects. All content has been created by accredited teachers and trainers and is tied to program standards.
—Rewards: Offers loyalty and rewards programs to motivate kids to stay active.
—Parent Dashboard: It shows parents their child’s play history and allows them to enter health data so that they can track their child’s growth status.
—Playback Mode: The app collects a short video of the player so they can see themselves moving during gameplay.
It is available for download on iPhone and Android devices through Apple App Store and Google Play, respectively.

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