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.
Right: Sara Cornish, Senior Director of Games for Change, speaking about the learning value of games for change
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”.
“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.