2016 Celebration of Globaloria & Games for Change Student Game Design Challenge in Houston

Over the past school year, 4,000 Globaloria middle and high school students from Houston ISD, Alief ISD, and Sheldon ISD have been learning computer science, digital game design, and coding as part of their career and technical education (CTE) and STEM integration. Globaloria partnered with Games for Change (G4C) to run a special program – the G4C Student Challenge – to inspire Houston youth to delve deeper into computer science learning by making educational games on STEM careers and community issues. On November 16, the 2016 Houston Student Challenge Awards Gala was held to celebrate education innovation, recognizing the student finalists and winners, as well as Houston’s educators and principals, for their commitment and investment in transforming education for benefitting youth and Houston’s future.

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Left: Idit Harel, CEO & Founder of Globaloria, welcoming everyone to the Future of Education
Right: Sara Cornish, Senior Director of Games for Change, speaking about the learning value of games for change

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Left: Scott Lipton, Texas Senior Program Director, speaking about cultivating STEM Talent for Houston’s Future
Right: Lihn Nguyen, Vice President, Gulf Coast Territory Executive at Avanade

A panel of Houston principals, teachers and students were brought on to speak about “Educating Youth for the Local and Global Innovation Economy”.

From left to right: Mallory J. (Globaloria Student), Arial B. (Globaloria Student), Jyoti Malhan (Principal), Greysi Chao (Educator), Lori Dunklin (Principal), Leeann Bartee (Houston Program Director)

From left to right: Mallory J (Globaloria Student and Panel Moderator), Rahawa G., Arial B., Dr. Jyoti Malhan (Principal, BCMA), Delesa O’Dell Thomas (Principal, YWCPA), Lori Dunklin (Educator, YWCPA), Dr. Leeann Bartee (Director of Programs, Houston)

Student Winners (from left to right): Rahawa G., Eliana M., Joanna M., Larsen T., Melissa B.

Student Winners (from left to right): Rahawa G., Eliana M., Joanna M., Larsen T., Melissa B.

Student Finalists & Winners (from left to right): Daniela B., Stephany F., Arial B., Anh Hoang N., JoeyRay A.

Student Finalists & Winners (from left to right): Daniela B., Stephany F., Arial B., Anh Hoang N., JoeyRay A.

Student Finalists (from left to right): Samuel Y., Ahmed A., Mallory J., Elizabeth F.

Student Finalists (from left to right): Samuel Y., Ahmed A., Mallory J., Elizabeth F.

Paula Harris, Schlumberger Global Education Director, two-terms Houston ISD Board Member 2007-2015, told the students and their parents,

Paula Harris, Schlumberger Global Education Director, two-terms Houston ISD Board Member 2007-2015, told the students and their parents, “There are not enough people who look like you and me who want to study computer science and engineering in the nation and in Houston. Very few teachers are certified to teach it – only 600 in Texas – and this is why this program is so important in training all teachers and reaching all kids to try a few courses in computer science in their schools.”

From left to right: Delesa O'Dell Thomas (Principal, Young Women's College Preparatory Academy), Lori Dunklin (Teacher, YWCPA), Natalie Price (Teacher, Hamilton MS), Mallory Johnson (Student, Baylor of College and Medicine Academy at Ryan), Shawn Constable (Director of Training & Support, Globaloria), Latitia Peyton (Teacher, C. E. King MS), Greysi Chao (Teacher, BCMA), Janet Crump (Instructional Coordinator, Chavez HS), Pamela Ossorio (Teacher, Pin Oak MS), Djuana Bossette (Teacher, Pershing MS)

From left to right: Delesa O’Dell Thomas (Principal, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy), Lori Dunklin (Teacher, YWCPA), Natalie Price (Teacher, Hamilton MS), Mallory Johnson (Student, Baylor of College and Medicine Academy at Ryan), Shawn Constable (Director of Training & Support, Globaloria), Latitia Peyton (Teacher, C. E. King MS), Greysi Chao (Teacher, BCMA), Janet Crump (Instructional Coordinator, Chavez HS), Pamela Ossorio (Teacher, Pin Oak MS), Djuana Bossette (Teacher, Pershing MS)

“Tonight we are celebrating education innovation, recognizing the G4C student challenge finalists and winners, as well as Houston’s educators and principals, for their commitment and investment in transforming education here in Houston,” announced Dr. Idit Harel, CEO and Founder of Globaloria. She added, “Tomorrow needs a fully-computer-literate generation, who can ask big questions, do research, think about data and systems, and be creative about using coding and computational technology for inventing and constructing global and human solutions.” She also addressed the winners: What tomorrow needs is innovative minds like yours; lots of different kinds of minds, who are driven by humanism, not technocentrism. We need computer scientists who want to make the world a better place.”

Read “Globaloria and Games for Change Announce Finalists and Winners of Game Design Competition for Houston Public School Students” for full list of student finalists and winners.

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