Student Gaming Challenge

Patrica Hawke

Students in 5th grade through middle school have the opportunity to win laptop computers and educational software. In addition to these gifts, the students who win get a two thousand dollar cash prices awarded to their school. This is a video gaming challenge, it challenged students to use their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and math skills to come up with video game design concerts in a written form or they can create an actual game using video game creation software. This video game challenge got the attention of many California school students who were interested in video gaming. Video gaming seems like a dream career to many students of this generation. Students now live and breath technology and play more video games that outside hide and go seek. It’s a different generation and there is a lot of opportunity for students to succeed by choosing a career path such as video gaming. Video gaming careers are not all just playing games and having fun. A lot goes into the creation and planning of a video game. A lot of Science, technology, Engineering and math are involved in the process of creating a video game. Because this field is such a popular field that students think will give them the most out of life and because they are so interested in the subject of video gaming, California schools are beginning to offer more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math classes, designed around technology and how the twenty first century generation uses technology.

By creating a gaming challenge, students of California schools and other schools nationwide can get a feel for how video games are created and what goes into the process of creating them. By the students being able to see first hand all of the science, technology, engineering and math that goes into these video games, they are able to make decisions on what careers they want to have in life. Weather it be video gaming, computer programming, technical engineering, by opening the door to the world of technology, students have seemingly endless possibilities or career choices. The great part about this challenge was that it challenged students to create video games, or design video game concepts based on education. This wasn’t just for recreational use. They wanted students to invent video games and think of concepts that would help them or their fellow classmates with their schoolwork. They wanted the students to design games that they would have fun playing, which would also be an educational benefit for the students. Educational video gaming is smart because students can realize that they can have fun while learning. Since students and this generation of kids need more incentives to learn, more than just their parents being proud of them. They need fun in the classroom and new and exciting technologies to keep the students excited and interested in learning new things. Not only that, but by introducing educational video gaming into the classrooms, students can learn easier and get higher grades, resulting in higher California school ratings.

Patricia Hawke is a staff writer for Schools K-12, providing free, in-depth reports on all U.S. public and private K-12 schools. For more information please visit California School Rankings and Public School Rankings