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National STEM Video Game Challenge

Since 2009, ESA has collaborated with several organizations to harness the excitement surrounding computer and video games through the National STEM Video Game Challenge, an annual game design competition that challenges students and developers to create original games that stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math learning. The 2009 competition was inspired by the White House’s Educate to Innovate campaign, which sought to improve STEM education for children by enlisting private companies and nonprofit groups to encourage students to study these subjects. In 2011, the competition launched in concert with the Department of Education’s Digital Promise initiative – a program designed to unlock the power of technology to transform teaching and learning.

By stressing the importance of STEM education and developing creative new ways to stoke students’ interest in these highly sought-after skills, the Challenge helps prepare students for the high-skilled jobs that await. Challenge partners include The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, AMD Foundation, E-Line Media, the American Library Association, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Learn more about the upcoming 2014 National STEM Video Game Challenge by watching the video below:

 

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