President Obama Promotes Video Game Design Contest
Education is good thing. I know a few of my readers think that’s not true, but they’re wrong.
President Obama has this initiative, I’m told, to encourage science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and as a part of that initiative, the Joan Ganze Cooney Center and E-Line Medi in conjuction with AD, the ESA and Microsoft are holding a game design competition, the first ever National STEM Video Game Challenge.
“Our success as a nation depends on strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of discovery and innovation,” my man President Barack said. ”I applaud partners in the National STEM Video Game Challenge for lending their resources, expertise, and their enthusiasm to the task of strengthening America’s leadership in the 21st century by improving education in science, technology, engineering and math.”
Here are the deets, straight from the contest’s home page:
The Developer Prize challenges emerging and experienced game developers to design mobile games, includinFg games for the mobile Web, for young children (grades pre-K through 4) that teach key STEM concepts and foster an interest in STEM subject areas.
The Youth Prize engages middle school students (grades 5 through in STEM learning by challenging them to design original video games. The Youth Prize design challenge will be open to middle school students from any U.S. school with a special emphasis on reaching students in underserved urban and rural communities.
The contest is about designing education games, of course, but this is still The Man telling us that games are useful, and so I’ll take it.