Assessing Health Games in Secondary Schools: An Investigation of the American Horsepower Challenge 2009-2010

dc.contributor.author Eiríksdóttir, Elsa
dc.contributor.author Xu, Yan
dc.contributor.author Miller, Andrew
dc.contributor.author Poole, Erika
dc.contributor.author Catrambone, Richard
dc.contributor.author Kestranek, Dan
dc.contributor.author Mynatt, Elizabeth D.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-10T20:45:33Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-10T20:45:33Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07
dc.description.abstract We present detailed findings from our study of a long-term multi-site physical activity pervasive game for US middle school children: The American Horsepower Challenge. In this technical report, we concentrate on the following findings. Compared to the pedometer data collected one week before the AHPC was deployed, the participants logged significantly more steps during the three heats as compared to the pre-game period, and overall students described being motivated to participate in AHPC to have fun, be healthier, and to support a sense of school pride. Most parents reported encouraging their children to be physically active or play sports, but as the challenge progressed we found a drop in family support for being physically active. The AHPC teacher is crucial to the game's success, providing structured opportunities for additional physical activity, becoming stewards of the pedometers, and mediating between the school, students and the sponsor. In addition to these findings, we also present design recommendations, including: designing for limited information technology resources, and implementing workarounds for expected hardware failure. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/42173
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries GVU Technical Report ; GIT-GVU-11-12 en_US
dc.subject Deployment evaluation en_US
dc.subject Human-computer interaction en_US
dc.subject Pervasive health systems en_US
dc.title Assessing Health Games in Secondary Schools: An Investigation of the American Horsepower Challenge 2009-2010 en_US
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local.contributor.author Mynatt, Elizabeth D.
local.contributor.author Catrambone, Richard
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