Video Games In Education

Scholarship Entrant: Jean-Pierre from Leicester, North Carolina
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Jean-Pierre: 41

If I were to change the world with my education, I would start with Elementary Schools. With a degree in game development and design, I would create video games that would help educate students on history, reading, math, art, science, and much more. Today, educating youth relies mostly on entertainment. Video games create emotional connections to characters, environments, and information in a way that no other entertainment media or method of teaching has managed to accomplish so far. If you ask a child about the history of the United States or the basic properties of science they can recall some information but they do it without enthusiasm or any real understanding. In contrast, if you ask them about a video game, they can tell you every piece of information about the lore, characters, weapons, and environment they have ever heard. With my video games, teachers and parents can engage their young learners in all fields through personal, player driven experiences. For example, one game I would make would have kids take the roll of a man or woman living in the 1700s exploring George Washington’s home town, the city where the constitution was signed, and many more historical sites. With the virtual Britain out of power, their character would have more resources and freedom. Students would better understand the events that occurred at this time and place. Creating games like this will allow students to learn at their own pace and make connections to the things happening around them.

Vote for Jean-Pierre: 41

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