Microsoft in Education Blog
Kinect is the fastest selling consumer electronic product ever. Its success offers proof that technology innovation is only limited by our willingness to invest in big ideas. It is critical that we foster innovation by inspiring the next generation of innovators, and changing the way we ensure they’re equipped with 21st century skills.
Enter the National STEM Video Game Challenge. Launched in partnership with Digital Promise, an initiative created by the President and Congress and supported through the Department of Education, the National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition whose goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games. Xbox 360 is teaming up with great partners for the second year in a row to provide young students with real-world experiences in game design via platforms like Kodu Game Lab for a chance to win some amazing prizes.
To continue the momentum of the Challenge along with a few of our partners – including U.S. News & World Report’s Jason Koebler, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and PBS Kids – we are participating in a TweetChat on Wednesday, 2/22 at 4:15 pm ET to discuss youth game design and game-based learning. Joining is simple – just enter the #STEMchat hashtag at http://tweetchat.com/room/STEMChat. Approximately every 10 minutes, one randomly selected participant will receive an exciting gift from the participating organizations – including a grand prize of a Kinect for Xbox 360!
For more information, visit www.GetGameSmart.com. We’re look forward to a stimulating discussion and are even more excited to see what amazing games the students and educators come up with!
As a parent I am really excited to see the connection between STEM education and video games. Gaming is such a big part of children's lives in that it holds their interest that I think combining educational properties would be very beneficial. Actually, this summer I'm sending my kids to the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida (www.nationalflightacademy.com), which combines STEM Education and Flight Simulators in their week-long camp- (I'm hoping my boys will link video games to learning after this experience- they're pretty excited about it so we'll see).