Video Games to help STEM learning in the United States


In early 2010, ESA, ITI and their partners will make a formal announcement of the competition's details including eligibility rules and entry procedures. Winners will be announced at the E3 Expo, the leading video game industry trade show event, which takes place June 15-17, 2010.

No specific details about the LittleBigPlanet competition have been released yet. In fact, SCEA marketing manager Mark Valledor noted on the official PlayStation blog, "We're uber excited to team up with the MacArthur Foundation and the Entertainment Software Association to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math in new and revolutionary ways. As announced today at the White House, Sackboy will be playing a big role in the Game Changers competition launching nationwide in December. Stay tuned as we'll have more info soon - unfortunately, I can't say or the Secret Service will sack-slap me."

Administration officials have said that the breadth of participation in Educate to Innovate is wider than in previous efforts, which have failed to produce a perceptible rise in test scores. In international comparison exams, American students are said to have long lagged behind those in much of Asia and Europe. "Reaffirming and strengthening America's role as the world's engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation is essential to meeting the challenges of this century," Obama said during his press conference at the White House today. "That's why I am committed to making the improvement of STEM education over the next decade a national priority."