Osmo’s new Pizza Co. game uses augmented reality to teach kids about running a business

With its latest title, educational game-maker Osmo is tackling a subject thats close to CEO Pramod Sharmas heart entrepreneurship. Co-founded by Sharma and Jrme Scholler (both former Googlers), Osmo makes iPad games that combine touchscreen gameplay with real-world objects and physical activities in front of the screen. Past games have covered topics like coding, drawing and math. Sharma compared the new game, Pizza Co., to the lemonade stand that many kidshave operated in the past. (Sadly, I never had one.) The goalis to give playersa fun way to understand what goes into running a business, and also help them practice skills like arithmetic and pattern recognition. So if the lemonade stand is the model, why go with pizza? Sharmas answer is simple: Kids love pizza. The games physical components include a pizza pan and different toppings. Kids play by assembling pizzas based on customers orders. The gamealso comes with play money, so kids can make change for customers after theyve eaten. (All of this physical activity is captured with Osmos reflective camera.) Sharma noted that in schools, many classes already include store and cash register exercises, but he said Pizza Co. offers a much broader experience, so that kids canstart thinking about things like customer satisfaction and using revenue to grow their business.

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