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LittleBigPlanet Playing Part in Obama's STEM Plan

U.S President Barack Obama is promoting an "Educate to Innovate" plan that hopes to boost the focus on STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

"I'm committed to moving our country from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math education over the next decade," Obama said during an event launching the project, at which he announced a $4 billion education reform investment fund, according to Gamasutra.

Microsoft, Sony, and the Entertainment Software Association all have plans to support the U.S. Government in its programs.

Sony, in conjunction with MacArthur, the ISA and the ESA are launching the Game Changers competition, which will make use of LittleBigPlanet (available for the PS3 and PSP) to create new and innovative levels that enhance STEM principles.

IGN reports that Sony will donate 1,000 PS3s and LittleBigPlanet to libraries and community-based organizations in low-income communities. Winners will be announced in spring and the levels will be made available for download for the whole world to play.

"This challenge truly embodies what's possible when you place the learning tools and the opportunity into the hands of creative and imaginative minds," said Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America. "When leveraging the innovative technology of LittleBigPlanet and the PS3 system, both advanced and novice gamers have access to an open canvas to learn, build, and explore entirely new kinds of gaming experiences. They can also share their creations with millions of gamers around the world to play, rate, and review their levels. There's no better training ground for anyone interested in digital media."