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Monday, October 06, 2014

Students receive innovation grants for games and apps

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Laura Devaney, Managing Editor writes today, "Students receive recognition for creating science and math apps and video games."

At a special luncheon in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2, 20 students from across the United States received awards from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Entertainment Software Association as Leaders on the Fast Track (LOFT) Video Game Innovation Fellows for creating apps and video games that address math, science, and important social issues.

Students showcasing their apps and games. Credit: The author

Many minority professionals, including Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of Hispanic Heritage Foundation, were present to get an exclusive look at some of the next future ed-tech leaders of America.

“We believe that video games are a compelling gateway for teaching students how to code and build their own games and mobile apps—skills that will ultimately help prepare them to compete in today’s technology-driven marketplace. We will empower them to be become content creators, not just consumers,” said Tijerino.

Tina Jo Rodriguez, chief strategy officer Comunicad, a Virginia-based cross-cultural public relations and marketing communications agency, was in the audience as a visitor. She had this to say: “I am very impressed with the innovation and work these young people are doing. It is very inspiring.”

A complete list of the innovation fellows and their projects can be found here.

Source: eSchool News

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