Tokyo 2020 holds special maths class for schoolchildren with the help of AI robot and athletes

Tokyo 2020 Holds Special Math Class for Schoolchildren with the help of AI Robot and Athletes

Candidate athletes for Tokyo 2020 Japan basketball team and AI basketball robot CUE 3 help elementary schoolchildren from Fuchu city in Tokyo to study maths.

Learning maths while playing basketball? Shoot and make it count.

Last week, sixth-grader students from Fuchu elementary school no. 10 in Tokyo had the opportunity to enhance their maths skills while perfecting their shots in a series of basketball drills.

This fun learning activity is part of “Yoi Don!” (“Get Set”), a nationwide educational programme that aims to help students enjoy studying mathematics through interaction with Japanese athletes and sporting bodies. Tokyo 2020 has created a math textbook to engage students to actively participate in educational initiatives linked to the Games.

Takeuchi Joji and Tanaka Daiki – both candidate athletes for Tokyo 2020 Games – and AI basketball robot CUE 3 all came to assist the kids during the game session.

The kids were divided into groups and had the chance to shoot some ball – and afterwards calculated their success shot rate as a lesson in fractions.

The basketball shooting robot is officially registered as a member of the B.League basketball team Alvark Tokyo, which has a training base in Fuchu City. Equipped with artificial intelligence and sensors, CUE 3 can shoot from anywhere with almost 100 per cent accuracy.

“I was really surprised by the accuracy of CUE 3,” said one student after the lesson.

Schoolchildren from Fuchu elementary school pose with the professional basketball athletes and AI basketball robot CUE 3
Schoolchildren from Fuchu elementary school pose with the professional basketball athletes and AI basketball robot CUE 3