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Globaloria Classrooms Nationwide Express their Computer Science Spirit Throughout December!

To increase interest in computer science education in schools nationwide and worldwide, Code.org created CSEdWeek, promoting introductory coding activities that they called “Hour of Code.” The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 163,649 events in 180+ countries around the world.

For our Globaloria students and teachers, every day is an “Hour of Code” and every week is CSEdWeek. This December, we celebrate Computer Science Education Month as an extension of CSEdWeek in all of our schools. Our students participated in a series of challenges to express their Computer Science Spirit:

  • • Monday’s Challenge – Show Your Character
  • • Tuesday’s Challenge – Show Your Ideas
  • • Wednesday’s Challenge – Show Your Knowledge
  • • Thursday’s Challenge – Show Your Spirit
  • • Friday’s Challenge – Show Your Game

We are delighted to share a recap from around the nation about unique activities in December in our Globaloria communities:

Austin, TX: Student Startup Crawl

Students in Austin kicked off Computer Science Education Month by participating in the annual student startup crawl. Lead by Scott Lipton (Program Director) and Emily Upfal (Senior Operations Manager), 150 Globaloria students from East Austin College Prep Academy and Reagan High School gathered in downtown Austin at the Google Fiber headquarters. The event kicked off with an opening ceremony with a keynote by Melissa Goldenberg of RideAustin and AJ Grabhill, Deputy Commissioner of Education in Texas. Following the ceremony, students departed to visit a number of downtown offices including Facebook, RetailMeNot, and some of Austin’s local co-working spaces. Students go to experience virtual reality, learn about what it’s like to work in these companies, see coders in action, and find out how they can prepare for jobs in the Computer Science field. Students were enthusiastic at the end of the day and excited that Computer Science careers felt within their reach.

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Globaloria students from Reagan High School at the Student Startup Crawl in Austin, Texas
(Photo © Scott Lipton)

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Globaloria students from East Austin College Prep Academy at the Student Startup Crawl in Austin, Texas
(Photo © Scott Lipton)

Brooklyn, NY: Ditmas Junior High School 62, Highland Park Community School, Victory Collegiate High School
Crystal Wirth (Program Director), Jonathan Hodrick (Senior Classroom Support Specialist) and Betsy Issacson (Classroom Support Specialist) visited Globaloria schools in Brooklyn, New York to celebrate Computer Science Education Month.

At Victory Collegiate High School, they were warmly received by Dr. Deborah Isom, AP of the school, Globaloria educators Matthew Thornton and Chamarra Coward, and the rest of the Victory Collegiate staff. Dr. Isom brought Globaloria to this school for the 2016-2017 school year. This is the first year that Victory Collegiate is using Globaloria. The Globaloria East Coast team visited both Mr. Thornton’s and Ms. Coward’s classes, giving them the opportunity to watch the educators work on coding activities with their students. Both teachers are almost done with their second course – 102 Essentials of Game Design – and are slated to begin 201a Intro to Computer Science Web Design in early 2017. Not only is this a wonderful implementation of Globaloria, with students working together, sharing their work and helping each other with different methods and procedures, both teachers actually started Globaloria later in the school year – early October – and yet picked up and made Globaloria their own!

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Globaloria educators Matthew Thorton and Chammara Coward supporting their students during Computer Science Education Month at Victory Collegiate High School. (Photos © Jonathan Hodrick)

At Highland Park Community School, the Globaloria East Coast team were greeted by enthusiastic educators, Latoya Braswell and Natasha Scott, and their enthusiastic students who were just beginning to make art for their MakeQuest remixes in their 101 Essentials of Coding class. The art-making frenzy in Ms. Scott’s class dovetailed well with Monday’s “Show Your Character” activity, with students submitting their Piskel characters for the contest. Highland Park Community School is a Globaloria veteran, having started in the 2014-2015 school year with implementation for their 6th graders.
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Globaloria students at Highland Park Community School creating their Piskel characters.
(Photos © Jonathan Hodrick)

At Ditmas Junior High School 62, Principal Barry Kevorkian and Globaloria Educator, Sarah Shimkus greeted the Globaloria East Coast team. Ditmas JHS 62 is a returning schools from the 2015-2016 school year, in which they participated in Globaloria via the NYC DoE STEM Institute Initiative. The school and students enjoyed their Globaloria experience so much that they independently signed on with Globaloria for the 2016-2017 school year as a STEM-based after-school program. While they started in early November, through the experience and hands-on leadership of both Principal Kevorkian and Sarah Shimkus and the enthusiasm of the students, they have quickly caught onto the concepts of 101 Essentials of Coding and are looking into moving onto their next course in early 2017.

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Globaloria Educator Sarah Shimkus guiding her students into remixing their games at Ditmas Junior High School 62. (Photos © Jonathan Hodrick)

Belmont, California: Adam DeLaRosa (Senior Classroom Support Specialist) attended the Globaloria presentations at Notre Dame High School Belmont as part of their end-of-semester presentations. Notre Dame High School Belmont is a Globaloria veteran and has been using Globaloria since the 2014-2015 school year.
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Globaloria students at Notre Dame High School Belmont presenting their Globaloria games. (Photos © Adam DeLaRosa)

San Jose, California: Globaloria Educator Gary Waters, at Sylvandale Middle School, sent us photos of his advanced students in Globaloria classes who partnered with students new to Globaloria, and took them through the MakeQuest activity. Sylvandale Middle School is a veteran, having started in the 2013-2014 school year with implementation for their 7th and 8th graders.
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Globaloria students at Sylvandale Middle School teaching peers how to code through MakeQuest (Photos © Gary Waters)

Beeville, Texas: Nyssa Arcos (Director of Training and Support) visited students in Beeville ISD where they shared a week of learning and collaboration in computer science. Superintendent Dr. Puig attended a meeting where National Honor Society students from A.C. Jones High School presented their MakeQuest games to kindergarteners and 1st and 2nd graders. In Moreno Junior High School, National Honors Society students also demo’ed MakeQuest to 4th Grade students. They taught them how to play MakeQuest and then remix the game. At Seashore Middle School in Corpus Christi, 7th and 8th Grade students shared their MakeQuest Remix games during an open house with teachers and fellow students in their school.

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A.C. Jones High School National Honors Society students sharing their MakeQuest Remix games with kindergarteners. (Photo © Nyssa Arcos)

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Moreno Junior High School student demonstrating to a 4th Grade underclassman on how to check their code during a MakeQuest Remix tutorial. (Photo © Nyssa Arcos)

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Moreno Junior High School students ready for their MakeQuest demonstrations! (Photo © Nyssa Arcos)

During Computer Science Education Month, journalists visited Beeville campuses and the following TV news and press was featured:
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KIIITV: Beeville ISD Make Computer Science Mandatory

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Corpus Christi Caller Times: Beeville schools takes national lead in computer science

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Corpus Christi Caller Times: Beeville boasts nation-leading computer science program

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Texas Tribune: Beeville ISD sends teachers to class for mandatory computer science

Houston, Texas: Leeann Bartee (Program Director) and Shawn Constable (Director of Training and Support) visited Houston schools Cesar E. Chavez High School, Fondren High School, C.E. King Middle School, Michael Null Middle School and Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan to support their endeavors in computer science education and professional development.

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Globaloria Educator Jill Griggs introducing fellow educator Larry Pickens to Piskel. (Photo © Shawn Constable)

Also in Houston, we celebrated Computer Science Education Month by producing and launching a series of four mini-documentaries starring Houston ISD Principals who strongly believe in the value of providing computer science education to their students and professional development to their educators.

Introducing Dr. Jyoti Malhan, Principal at Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan:

Introducing Ruth Ruiz, Principal at Stevenson Middle School:

Introducing Delesa O’Dell-Thomas, Principal at Young Women’s College Prep Academy:

Introducing Rene Sanchez, Principal at Cesar E. Chavez High School:

In November, Globaloria celebrated the 2016 Houston Games for Change Student Challenge, and the video documentary was launched in honor of Computer Science Education Month in December.

Globaloria also announced, as part of the White House Computer Science for All #CSForAll and CSEdWeek initiative, that they launched a Spanish-language version of their popular 101 Essentials of Coding course, Fundamentos de Programación as well as an English-Language-Learner version called Essentials of Coding: ELL. (Read the press release here) The White House also issued a Fact Sheet, which includes Globaloria’s commitments to “A Year of Action Supporting Computer Science for All”.

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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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Globaloria and Games for Change Announce Finalists and Winners of Game Design Competition for Houston Public School Students

Houston students to be honored at awards gala for creating their own games for social change
as part of citywide competition

November 9, 2016 (Houston, Texas): 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). This week, 37 student finalists were announced as part of Globaloria’s and Games for Change’s Game Design Competition where students learned to develop educational games about community issues and future STEM careers, such as nanotechnology and 3D design. Of the finalists, 16 winners were chosen, including twelve girls and four boys, and will be honored at the Games for Change Student Challenge Awards Gala on November 16, 2016, taking place at Grotto’s Ballroom in Houston.

Globaloria is a leading provider of K-12 computer science (CS) education, founded on the mission that all public school students should have access to education that enables them to become computer-literate. This new generation of computer-savvy students will drive the local and global digital economy, close socioeconomic digital divides, and reduce gender gaps in STEM and CS careers. As the largest program of its kind nationwide in 2015-16, Globaloria courses generated more than 700,000 hours of web design in public school classrooms, led by 650 educators in 150 schools across 15 states, and aims to double size during this 2016-17 school year.

“We partnered with Games for Change, a leading national organization that facilitates the creation and distribution of professional digital games for humanitarian purposes and social impact,” said Dr. Idit Harel, CEO and Founder of Globaloria, “because our two organizations share the belief that a great way for youth to learn computer science is by making educational games on STEM subjects and community issues – on topics that matter to them now and in their future.”

Globaloria and G4C implemented a citywide educational competition that encouraged Houston students to design digital games about real-world issues, with support from the Barlovento Foundation, WNBA, and Houston ISD. Teachers from schools across Houston, Alief and Sheldon were trained to run game design courses using the award-winning Globaloria blended-learning platform. In its first year in Houston, the program engaged over 3,700 students, of which 45% were girls. 80 Houston public school educators received training to run 155 game design courses in 37 schools.

“Game design offers a pathway to career opportunities, helping young people build 21st century skills such as collaboration and critical thinking,” explained G4C President Susanna Pollack. “The G4C Student Challenge program prepares students for college and jobs that leverage technology and games for a better world.”

Civic Engagement
Houston students were invited to make games about two civic-engagement themes:

  • 1) Future STEM Careers (a career that can improve the community, now and in the future);
  • 2) Community Impact (a community or social issue).

Submissions were evaluated based on quality of creativity, gameplay, design and coding, and use of theme. Here are the 16 Winners of the Globaloria & Games for Change Houston Student Challenge 2016:

Future STEM Careers:
Melissa B._Protect Creatures
Melissa B., Protect Creatures, Hamilton Middle School, Houston ISD

Camaya E._Good Decisions
Camaya E., Good Decisions, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD

Rahawa G._Nanomachines Strike Back
Rahawa G., Nanomachines Strike Back, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD

Eliana M._Safe-Proof
Eliana M., Safe-Proof, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD

Joanna M._Medicine at a Distance
Joanna M., Medicine at a Distance, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD

Giscar O._Dr. Wifi
Giscar O., Dr. Wifi, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD

Larsen T._ASTP
Larsen T., ASTP, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston ISD

Karime V._Surgery at a Distance
Karime V., Surgery at a Distance, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD

Community Impact:
JoeyRay A._Clean the City
JoeyRay A., Clean the City, Hamilton Middle School, Houston ISD

Arial B._Oil Action
Arial B., Oil Action, Baylor College of Medicine at Ryan, Houston ISD

Daniela B._Carl's Cellular Mission
Daniela B., Carl’s Cellular Mission, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD

Maritza B._Save A Life
Maritza B., Save A Life, C.E. King Middle School, Sheldon ISD

Stephany F._Smart Materials
Stephany F., Smart Materials, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD

Lizbeth Diaz L._Green World
Lizbeth Diaz L., Green World, Sharpstown High School, Houston ISD

Lynesia M._Solar Panels
Lynesia M., Solar Panels, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD

Anh Hoang N._Marathon Water Supplies
Anh Hoang N., Marathon Water Supplies, Alief Taylor High School, Alief ISD

Prizes for the 16 Student Challenge Winners emphasize STEM career opportunities in Houston related to the themes of Future STEM Careers and Community Impact. The 2016 Houston Challenge prizes include:

  • Lunch with a senior executive and tour of innovation center (provided by Avanade)
  • Classroom visit by a professional game designer (provided by Bouncing Pixel)
  • Exclusive museum and office tour (provided by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston)
  • Office tour and lunch with a company executive (provided by Creative Circle)
  • Gallery tour, leadership workshop and lunch (provided by Diverseworks)
  • Exclusive museum tour and meeting with staff (provided by Lawndale Art Center)
  • Shadowing opportunity, lunch and an office tour (provided by Obsidian Learning)

These prizes will be presented an invitation-only Awards Gala at Grotto’s Ballroom in Houston on November 16th. For more information on attending the event that includes VIP speakers and student demos, contact: Leeann Bartee, Globaloria Director of Programs: leeann@globaloria.com | 817-475-4853

The 37 Finalists of the Globaloria & Games for Change Houston Student Challenge 2016 are:
(sorted by schools, then students’ last initials – winners are starred with *)

Community Impact:
* Anh Hoang N., Marathon Water Supplies, Alief Taylor High School, Alief ISD
* Arial B., Oil Action, Baylor College of Medicine at Ryan, Houston ISD
* Maritza B., Save A Life, C.E. King Middle School, Sheldon ISD
* JoeyRay A., Clean the City, Hamilton Middle School, Houston ISD
* Lizbeth Diaz L., Green World, Sharpstown High School, Houston ISD
* Daniela B., Carl’s Cellular Mission, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
* Stephany F., Smart Materials, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
Dulce J., Save the Animals, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
* Lynesia M., Solar Panels, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
Ha T., Smart Materials, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD

Future STEM Careers:
Jos-i Wayene Signey G., Computer Part Hunt, Alief Taylor High School, Alief ISD
Ahmed A., Digestive Beatdown, Baylor College of Medicine at Ryan, Houston ISD
Mallory J., Pig Palooza, Baylor College of Medicine at Ryan, Houston ISD
Alexa O., Rainforest Math, Baylor College of Medicine at Ryan, Houston ISD
Samuel Y., Algebra Pro, Baylor College of Medicine at Ryan, Houston ISD
* Melissa B., Protect Creatures, Hamilton Middle School, Houston ISD
Ryan M., Battle Side, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston ISD
* Larsen T., ASTP, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston ISD
Adrian T., Space Adventure, Stevenson Middle School, Houston ISD
Loan T., Saving the Wild, Stevenson Middle School, Houston ISD
Maryam A., Future Nanotechnology, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
Giovanni B., Escape the Quake!, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
Mreedu B., White Blood Cells to the Rescue, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
Evelyn C., Fix It Pablo, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
* Camaya E., Good Decisions, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
Elizabeth F., Rise of the Doctors, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
* Rahawa G., Nanomachines Strike Back, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
Tyteana G., Thomas, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
Naja J., Wild Thing, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
Robyn L., Grab and Go, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
* Eliana M. Safe-Proof, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
* Joanna M., Medicine at a Distance, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
* Giscar O., Dr. Wifi, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
Alessandra Munoz P., Bell the Train, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
Maria Perez R., Toxic Escape, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
Sasha S., Out of Time, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD
* Karime V., Surgery at a Distance, Young Women College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD


About Games for Change:
Games for Change (G4C) is a nonprofit that empowers creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using digital games that help people to learn, improve their communities, and contribute to make the world a better place. G4C incubates game projects; convenes stakeholders, produces game arcades and events to engage the public; teaches game design to educators and youth to advance learning and civic participation; and fosters the exchange of ideas and resources through workshops and consulting projects.

About Globaloria:
Globaloria is a leading provider of computer science education and learning platforms and courses that teach PreK-12 students how to design, prototype, and code educational games and simulations as a means of learning core school subjects, 21st-Century content, and computational innovation skills. Established in 2006, and used by thousands of teachers and students nationwide, the Globaloria social mission is to democratize STEM, gaming, and computing education opportunities necessary for the global innovation industries and the economic development of large cities like San Jose, Austin, Houston, and NYC.

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Globaloria Announces National Winners in 2016 Globey Game Design Competition


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47 National Finalists and 19 National Winners were honored at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, at the 2016 Globey Awards Ceremony, featuring Keynote speakers, Robert Scott, former Texas commissioner of education (second row, left), and Jennifer Lopez (second row, middle), commercial innovation technology development lead for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 (AUSTIN, TEXAS) – Globaloria, a leading provider of K-12 computer science education, announced today the national winners of the 2016 Globey Game Design Competition and Awards. As the largest program of its kind nationwide, in 2015-16 Globaloria has generated over 700,000 hours of design thinking and coding in classrooms, led by 650 educators in 150 schools across 15 states. Of those participating in the program, more than 100 student national finalists, their parents, teachers and principals from across the U.S. came together on Saturday, Sept. 24 to the Texas State Capitol for the 2016 Globey Awards Ceremony, a national game design and coding competition that celebrates students’ year-long efforts in computer science learning.

Meet the 47 Finalists of the 2016 Globey Awards National Finalists

Forty-seven national finalists competed, selected from 274 regional finalists. In the Globeys Ceremony Program celebrating the final competition, 19 winners were recognized for their outstanding achievements across nine gaming categories. The competition was judged by a panel of 18 notable industry professionals from companies and institutions with STEM initiatives as key priorities including Google Education, Rutgers University, AMD, Filament Games, BazaarVoice, and New York Hall of Science. The 19 winners received prizes generously donated by Globaloria, the Entertainment Software Association, NASA-CASIS, Ubisoft, and WNBA.

In addition, we thank Barlovento Foundation for supporting the Globaloria students from Houston, as part of Globaloria Partnership with Games for Change Student Challenge in Houston. From 35 Houston schools, 27 students were Regional Finalists, 5 National Finalists, and 2 National winners. Time Warner Cable news captured one of the Houston Winners in this news clip on Sept. 24.

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Watch Time Warner Cable News coverage of the Globey Awards.

“Welcome to the future of education, where computer science is a human right that should be accessible to all students,” said Dr. Idit Harel in her Keynote to Globaloria students, parents, educators, and industry leaders, at the Ceremony at State Capitol on Saturday. “It is our collective responsibility to educate the next generation of change makers and innovators by providing accessible computer science resources and programs that allow students to fully thrive in an increasingly digital world.”

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Idit Harel, CEO and Founder of Globaloria, with Luke B, Game Concept (JavaScript) National Finalist from MS324 Patria Mirabel School, NY

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Idit Harel giving opening remarks about “The Future of Education: Thriving in an Increasingly Digital World”

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Jennifer Lopez, who shared her insights with the students: “What I’ve learned is to always embrace my curiosity, never be afraid to ask questions, and have passion for scientific discovery that leads to explorations and innovation! It’s so much fun!”

“Computer science and computational thinking are an important new literacy—they are required to solve important challenges in the world,” said Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer. “Today we have over 600,000 high tech jobs open in the United States, in all different fields—and they pay 50 percent more than the average private sector job. It is important to prepare everyone with skills to be a full participant of the 21st century and help all Americans gain creative confidence.” Read the Congratulations email from Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer.

The Globey Awards Program</strong> featured two keynote speakers: Robert Scott, former Texas commissioner of education; and Jennifer Lopez, commercial innovation technology development lead for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) where she develops breakthrough innovations for the International Space Station. Both are born and raised in Texas and outstanding role models for leadership in science, technology, education and government.

“The leaders of tomorrow will work in buildings like this, the state capitol, but also in laboratories and classrooms innovating and creating to solve big problems. I am excited to work with Globaloria to provide students across Texas and the country the same opportunities you have had,” said Robert Scott to the Globaloria students.

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Keynote Speaker Robert Scott speaking about “The Leaders of Tomorrow”

The 19 national finalists of the 2016 Globeys were awarded in nine categories, based on the specific courses they took during the 2015-16 school year:

1. Action Game (JavaScript Programming)
DigestiveBeatdownAhmed A., Digestive Breakdown, Baylor College of Medicine at Ryan, Houston ISD, TX

BeatSavanna J., Beat, Livonia Career Technical Center, Livonia Public Schools, MI

DatSharkUlysses Mendez M., DAT SHARK(Ted), David Crockett High School, Austin ISD, TX

2. Hidden Object Game (ActionScript Programming)
Middle School:
InnovationInternetGrace S., Innovation of the Internet, Tongue River Middle School, Sheridan County School District #1, WY

CrazyKitchenHaris K., Crazy Kitchen, Beehive Science and Technology Academy, Granite School District, UT

High School:
Makeup Cleanup
Tiffany B., Makeup Cleanup, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, WV
AdobeFlashFloodTyler P., Unplugged 20XX: Preventing an Adobe Flash Flood, North Marion High School, Marion County Schools, WV

3. Action Game (ActionScript Programming)
Middle School:
MonkeyRunBailey W., Monkey Run, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, WY

High School:
TheLastStandCole N., The Last Stand, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, WV

4. Team Game (ActionScript Programming)
Middle School:
MonarchWarriorsSally H., Jenny N., Jenna K., Magnificent Monarch March, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, CA

High School:
PutItOutAustin B., Put It Out, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, WV

5. Mobile Game:
AtomicAtomsAlexander G., Atomic Atoms, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, CA

CircleOfLifeJennifer T., Circle of Life, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, CA

Additional categories and their winners are: Game Prototype: Julie P., Odysseus, Cesar E. Chavez High School, Houston ISD, TX Game Design Essentials: Emily M., Jack’s Adventure, Losoya Intermediate School, Southside ISD, TX; Game Code Remix: Coal N., Dino Hunt, Pinedale Middle School, Sheridan County School District #1, WY; and Game Concept (JavaScript Programming): Mikayla W., Littering, Pryor Junior High School, Pryor Public Schools, OK.

Globaloria thanks the 2016 National Judges – tech industry experts, computer scientists, game designers, education leaders, social entrepreneurs, university professors, academic researchers — who volunteered to evaluate the students’ projects and select this year’s Globey Awards Winners. Judges are listed here in alphabetical order of their company’s or organization’s name:

Eric Johnson, CEO, Activate Learning; Anne Fertitta, Senior Manager, Global Community Affairs, AMD; Nils Marchand, Vice President, Global Field Enablement, BazaarVoice; Chris Funk, Superintendent, East Side Union High School District, San Jose, CA; Erik Huey, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Entertainment Software Association; Gary Bolles, Co-Founder, eParachute, Inc.; Dan Norton, Chief Creative Officer, Filament Games; Ni Lao, Research Scientist, Google Inc.; Amber Oliver, Social Entrepreneur, COO, GripTape Youth Agency; Cody Smedsrud, Project Manager, Group Health Cooperative; Carrie Ray-Hill, Director of Content, iCivics Inc.; Margaret Minksy, Computer Scientist and Technology Consultant, Margaret Minsky Consulting; Atul Varma, Creative Technologist, formerly Mozila; Shelley Gretlein, Director, Software Marketing and Customer Education, National Instruments; Anthony Negron, Manager of Digital Programming, New York Hall of Science; Kamran Khan, Media and Games Network, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University; Mohammed Riza, Chief Design Officer, Amplify and ProjectEd; Rebecca Reynolds, Assistant Professor, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University.

This year, Globaloria CEO and Founder, Dr. Idit Harel, recognized three educators, three students, and one school in Texas, as the recipients of the Globaloria Pioneer Award.

Globaloria Pioneer Denise Stalnaker was the first teacher in the nation to launch a pilot Globaloria class in her school, Randolph Technical Center (RTC) in Elkins, West Virginia. For 5 years Denise taught Globaloria courses at RTC, and as we created new course versions and features, she was always generous in testing them with her students. Denise also provided training and support and helped make Globaloria great for educators and students in West Virginia and other states, working on standard alignments, mentoring new teachers, leading educator training academies statewide and nationally, supporting her students on getting internships with Globaloria, and encouraging them to study Computer Science and Education in college. In fact, the first Globeys were celebrated in West Virginia in 2008.

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Idit Harel with Globaloria Pioneer, Educator Denise Stalnaker, and Globaloria Pioneer Student, Valerie Malcomb, who’s a Globaloria Classroom Support Specialist in Austin

Watch the following video featuring Denise Stalnaker and Valerie Malcomb’s participation in Globaloria:

  • Leadership in Action
  • Bridging the Civics Education Gap

  • Globaloria Pioneer East Austin College Prep Academy, is the first Globaloria school in Texas. In the fall 2009, when it opened the doors to its first cohort of 6th graders, the founder Dr. Juan Sanchez selected Globaloria as a the STEM curricular component of the daily curriculum of every student in his new charter school. In one of many interviews, he claimed: “Globaloria lets students target those STEM areas where they struggle most, while enabling them to tap into their creative potential many did not even know they possessed. And it is igniting in them a love of self-learning that can enrich their lives forever. Globaloria is the kind of educational transformation we need in our schools and we believe it is providing a roadmap for how to change the game of education in the 21st century.” Over the past 7 years, we have trained several teachers and principals, and watched EAPrep faculty and its students grow and soar. The first Globeys in Texas were celebrated in 2010 at EAPrep – in a festive, red carpet, community celebration.
    Globaloria Pioneers, 3 EAPrep students, are graduates from the school’s first class of 2016, have participated in SxSW and recognized as Globey Finalists and Winners in the past years: Michael Alvarez, Laura Plasencio, Arlette Flores.
    Globaloria Pioneer Nyssa Arcos taught Globaloria at EAPrep for 5 years, before she was recruited her to bring it to Southside ISD in San Antonio. The pioneering work that was done by Nyssa Arcos and her colleagues and 500 students at EAPrep over the first four was funded by AMD Foundation and the ESA Foundation. AMD’s Anne Fertitta is one of our National Judges. Nyssa joined our Globaloria team in August, 2016, and she is now working with teachers across Texas.

    Watch the following videos featuring East Austin College Prep Academy’s participation in Globaloria:

  • Game Design at East Austin College Prep Academy
  • STEM Learning Through Game Design and Coding
  • Inspiring Students to Love Learning
  • Enhancing STEM Learning and College Prep Skills
  • A Model for Transforming Education
  • EAPrep Globaloria Students At SXSWedu Playground
  • EAPrep Globaloria On KXAN
  • Video games help East Austin College Prep students get ready for college
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    Globaloria Pioneers from EAPrep (who are now freshmen in college): Arlette Flores (left), Michael Alvarez (back), Laura Plasencio (right) and their former EAPrep Educator, Nyssa Arcos (front)

    Globaloria Pioneer Carlos Inda joined the Globaloria forces in 2011. The Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) invited Globaloria to meet with visionary educators in San Jose. Christopher Middle School, is located a stone’s throw from all the tech giants of Silicon Valley, however, San Jose is a city has a huge population of economically-disadvantaged students, many who are immigrants or first-generation Americans. The principal of Christopher School, Bill Abraham, saw in Globaloria the potential to transform the lives of his 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, preparing them for high school classes, college and future careers in technology and computer science in Silicon Valley. He recruited Carlos Inda, who became the first Globaloria teacher in California. In the past 5 years, Carlos has taught 515 students, helped us test new courses and train many educators in California.

    Watch the TechAwards video featuring Carlos Inda and Bill Abraham and students in their school in San Jose.

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    Globaloria Pioneer Carlos Inda (left) and Idit Harel (right) with Globeys National Winner Ahmed A. from Baylor College of Medicine at Ryan Academy, Houston ISD, TX
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    Globaloria Pioneer Carlos Inda’s students, Angeeleena E., Litzy C. and Yahaira M. from Christopher School in San Jose, CA were National Finalists in the Team Game Category


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    Globeys National Finalists sharing their winning games to each other before the start of the ceremony.
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    Globeys National Finalists and Winners for Hidden Object Game Category
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    Robert Scott and Idit Harel with National Winner Cole N. from Hurricane High School, WV and National Finalist Catherine S. from AdVENTURE STEM Academy for the Action Game (ActionScript) Category.

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    Ron Wolfe (Executive Director of Partnerships, Texas), Robert Scott (Principal, Texas Start Alliance) and Idit Harel with Globeys National Winner Alexander G. from Sylvandale Middle School, CA
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    Scott Lipton (Senior Director, Globaloria South/Central) and Idit Harel with Globeys National Winners Emily M. and Julie P.

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    Prizes generously donated by Globaloria, the Entertainment Software Association, NASA-CASIS, Ubisoft, and WNBA

    See more photos in our Facebook album.

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    PRESS RELEASE: Globaloria Announces National Finalists in 2016 K-12 Globey Game Design Competition

    Largest program of its kind recognizes forty-seven finalists from across the country for outstanding achievement in game design and coding

    SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 (AUSTIN, TEXAS) – Globaloria, a leading provider of K-12 computer science education, announced today the national finalists of the 2016 Globey Game Design Competition and Awards. With a mission to train teachers how to integrate computer science education courses into K-12 curriculum and enhance students’ skills through standard-aligned game design and coding courses, Globaloria created the Globeys to recognize outstanding achievement in computational fluency, engineering, coding, teamwork and design thinking. Forty-seven finalists have been selected who will travel to Austin, Texas for the final competition and awards ceremony at the Texas State Capitol on September 24.

    “Globaloria is a manifestation of the future of education. Its iterative design methods foster soft skills like teamwork, communication, and collaborative creative thinking, contributes to students’ well-rounded education,” said Dr. Idit Harel, CEO and founder of Globaloria. “As we prepare students for a new global economy where computer science and computational skills are the new literacy, the Globeys are an opportunity to celebrate outstanding achievement in these areas among this group of exceptional students.”

    Narrowing down the forty-seven national finalists – 26 girls and 21 boys – from the 274 regional finalists announced on September 8, students hail from across the country from Queens, New York to Houston, Texas; Pryor, Oklahoma to Elkins, West Virginia; and Salt Lake City, Utah to San Jose, Silicon Valley. Thirty-two of the finalists are middle-school students (sixth, seventh and eighth grades and 15 are high-school students (ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th grades).

    “We welcome this year’s 47 national finalists to Austin, and are delighted to host the Globey Awards Ceremony at the Texas State Capitol Theatre,” said Texas Former Commissioner of Education, Robert Scott. “Globaloria continues to stimulate Texas and the nation’s commitment to STEM and computer science education, opening doors to new opportunities, job creation, economic development and technological growth across the country. I am looking forward to presenting these Globaloria students with awards and prizes for their outstanding mastery of computing knowledge and innovation.”

    The Globeys national finalists will have the opportunity to meet with education leaders, VIPs, and press at the Texas State Capitol at the National Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. At the ceremony, several educators and principals will also be recognized for their courage to learn and integrate computer science courses and projects across all subjects in their schools.

    In addition, we thank Barlovento Foundation for supporting the Globaloria students from Houston ISD, as part of Globaloria Partnership with Games for Change Student Challenge in Houston. From Houston schools, 27 were Regional Finalists and 5 National Finalists.

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    The 47 national finalists of the 2016 Globeys were awarded in nine categories, based on the specific courses they took during the 2015-16 school year:

    1. Game Prototype:
    Julie P., Odysseus, Cesar E. Chavez High School, Houston ISD, TX

    2. Game Design Essentials:
    Emily M., Jack’s Adventure, Losoya Intermediate School, Southside ISD, TX

    3. Game Code Remix:
    Coal N., Dino Hunt, Pinedale Middle School, Sheridan County School District #1, WY

    4. Game Concept (JavaScript Programming):
    Amanda C., Global Warming, Karnes City High School, Karnes ISD, TX
    Amy W., Photosynthesis, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston ISD, TX
    Daniel F., Evolution, C.T. English Middle School, Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District, CA
    Gavin S., Evolution, Karnes City Junior Hih School, Karnes ISD, TX
    Giscar O., Telemedicine, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD, TX
    Hasin R., Animal Welfare, Ditmas Junior High School 62, Brooklyn, NY
    Izabelle W., Animal Endangerment, Karnes City High School, Karnes ISD, TX
    Jordyn V., Germany, Bedichek Middle School, Austin ISD, TX
    Luke B., Free Internet in NYC, MS324 Patria Mirabel School, New York, NY
    Mikayla W., Littering, Pryor Junior High School, Pryor Public Schools, OK
    Neha K., The Giver, Irwin Altman MS172, Queens, NY
    Reagan M., Odysseus and the Cyclops, Tongue River High School, Sublette County School District #1, WY

    5. Action Game (JavaScript Programing):
    Ahmed A., Digestive Breakdown, Baylor College of Medicine at Ryan, Houston ISD, TX
    Cheatham M., Snappy Synonyms, Little Snake River Valley School, Carbon County School District #1, WY
    Fernanda V., Save Fido, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, Queens, NY
    Jimmy L., Space Escape, Karnes City High School, Karnes ISD, TX
    Kaylynne G., Cookie Crazy, Randolph Technical Center, Randolph County Schools, WV
    Lizbeth Diaz L., Green World, Sharpstown High School, Houston ISD, TX
    Savannah J., Beat, Livonia Career Technical Center, Livonia Public Schools, MI
    Seth D., The Trig of Pearl Harbor, Cathedral High School at Los Angeles, Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District, CA
    Ulysses Mendez M., DAT SHARK(Ted), David Crockett High School, Austin ISD, TX

    6. Hidden Object Game (ActionScript Programming):
    Emily S., Know Your Shapes, Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens, Queens, NY
    Emma B., Polar Meltdown, Canyon Middle School, Comal ISD, TX
    Grace S., Innovation of the Internet, Tongue River Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, WY
    Haris K., Crazy Kitchen, Beehive Science and Technology Academy, Granite School District, UT
    Ja’la C., Underwater Creatures, Canyon Middle School, Comal ISD, TX
    Jenna R., Ocean Madness, Beehive Science and Technology Academy, Granity School District, UT
    Morgan W., Help The Ocean, Spring Branch Middle School, Comal ISD, TX
    Sophie B., Macrophage, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, CA
    Tiffany B., Makeup Cleanup, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, WV
    Tyler P., Unplugged 20xx: Preventing an Adobe Flash Flood, North Marion High School, Marion County Schools, WV

    7. Action Game (ActionScript):
    Bailey W., Monkey Run, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, WY
    Catherine S., The Salem Witch Trials, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, CA
    Cole N., The Last Stand, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, WV

    8. Team Game (ActionScript):
    Angeleena E., Litzy C., Yahaira M., Bully Free Zone, Christopher School, Oak Grove School District, CA
    Austin B., Put It Out, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, WV
    Sally H., Jenny N., Jenna K., Magnificent Monarch March, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, CA

    9. Mobile Game:
    Alexander G., Atomic Atoms, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, CA
    Amy V., The Circulatory System, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, CA
    Jennifer T., Circle of Life, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, CA


    Globaloria is a leading provider of Computer Science Education nationally and is committed to #CSForAll. Globaloria learning platform, catalogue of courses and pathways for K12 teach kids and teens computer science and how to design and code educational games and apps using industry-standard programming languages and professional digital design and media tools. Contact: Ling@globaloria.com | 646-258-7930

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    Press Release: Globaloria Announces Regional Finalists of the 2016 Globey Game Design Competitions and Awards

    Globaloria Announces Regional Finalists of the 2016 Globey Game Design Competitions and Awards

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    SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 (AUSTIN, TEXAS) – Globaloria, a leading provider of computer science education for K-12, announced today the 2016 Regional Finalists of the Globey Game Design Competitions and Awards. Created in 2008, the Globey Competition is integral to the total learning experience of all Globaloria students nationwide by enhancing students’ STEM skills and computational fluency, engineering, teamwork, and design thinking, motivating them, and pacing them creatively through a variety of game design and coding courses.

    “This annual program celebrates our students’ learning accomplishments nationwide and highlights their learning processes demonstrated through their final projects,” said Dr. Idit Harel, CEO and Founder of Globaloria. “This is a serious form of brain sports, and this year’s 274 finalists are a great testament to the impact the courses have on building students’ knowledge and abilities in STEM and computing. I believe these games speak for themselves. They are quite hard to conceive, plan, and make!”

    As the largest program of its kind in the nation in 2015-2016, Globaloria has generated 700,000 hours of design thinking in classrooms lead by 650 educators in 150 schools and 15 states: Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Michigan, Oklahoma, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Utah, Washington, DC, West Virginia and Wyoming. This success is seen through the support and courage of educators and principals to learn and lead computer science education with excellence across all subjects among thousands of students in K12 public schools.

    In addition, we thank Barlovento Foundation for supporting the Globaloria students from Houston ISD, as part of Globaloria Partnership with Games for Change Student Challenge in Houston. From 35 Houston schools, 27 students were Regional Finalists.

    The 2016 Globeys regional finalists from across the country are now entered into our national pool. The highly anticipated announcement of National Finalists will be made in mid-September. National Finalists will receive the opportunity to meet with educational leaders, VIPs, sponsors and the press at the Texas State Capitol in Austin for the National Awards ceremony taking place on September 24th, 2016.

    The Regional Finalists of the 2016 Globeys were nominated in 9 different categories based on the specific courses they took. They are:

    Game Prototype:
    Anahi R., Cesar E. Chavez High School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Aristides M., Cesar E. Chavez High School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Daisy V., Cesar E. Chavez High School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Duen N., Cesar E. Chavez High School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Gerardo V., Cesar E. Chavez High School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Julie P., Cesar E. Chavez High School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Kally A., Cesar E. Chavez High School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Kevin T., Cesar E. Chavez High School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Lesly S., Cesar E. Chavez High School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Truong N., Cesar E. Chavez High School, Houston ISD, Texas

    Game Design Essentials:
    Emily M., Jack’s Adventure, Losoya Intermediate School, Southside ISD, Texas
    Jade L., Felciano’s Adventure, Losoya Intermediate School, Southside ISD, Texas

    Game Code Remix:
    Angel S., Safari Adventure, Concourse Village Elementary School, Bronx, New York
    Aurora L., Gem Quest, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Carson G., Get to the Portal, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Coal N., Dino Hunt, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Emma R., Camp Fit, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Hongcheng L., Energy Cube, Curtis High School, Richmond, New York
    Jeffrey B., Prison Escape, J.E. Dismus Middle School, Bergen, New Jersey
    Ibrahim B., Ibrahim Challenge, Concourse Village Elementary School, Bronx, New York
    Karina R., Karina’s World of Code, Entrada Academy, Bronx, New York
    Maria De LS., Get Home!, Manhattan Academy for Arts and Language, New York, New York Marianna Q., Blood Cell Rescue, J.E. Dismus Middle School, Bergen, New Jersey
    Miguel C., Bacteria Runner, J.E. Dismus Middle School, Bergen, New Jersey
    Muhd R., Mission: Oz, George J Ryan Middle School, Queens, New York
    Shane W., Bike Quest, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Shyla O., A Squire’s Fortitude, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Sofia S.C., Bird Rescue, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Star B., Paxi’s Adventure, Concourse Village Elementary School, Bronx, New York
    Thomas H., Eric and His Cube, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Rylee H., Funky Monkey, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Zain R., Antler Hunter, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming

    Game Concept (JavaScript):
    Abigail S., North Marion High School, Marion County Schools, West Virginia
    Aldo Z., C.T. English Middle School, Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District, California
    Alex G., Pin Oak Middle School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Amanda C., Karnes City High School, Karnes ISD, Texas
    Amy W., Pin Oak Middle School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Anh N., Stevenson Middle School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Austin W., North Marion High School, Marion County Schools, West Virginia
    Braeden G., Pryor Junior High School, Pryor Public Schools, Oklahoma
    Bright A., Bronx Academy for Software Engineering, Bronx, New York
    Brooke G., Karnes City Junior High School, Karnes ISD, Texas
    Caleb W., Pryor Junior High School, Pryor Public Schools, Oklahoma
    Carlos A., Pryor Junior High School, Pryor Public Schools, Oklahoma
    Charlotte B., Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School, California
    Coby C., Pin Oak Middle School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Christine C., Stevenson Middle School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Dallas M., Pryor Junior High School, Pryor Public Schools, Oklahoma
    Daniel F., C.T. English Middle School, Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District, California
    Disha C., Baylor College of Medicine at Ryan, Houston ISD, Texas
    Donnell H., John D. Wells MS50, Kings, New York
    Draven K., Livonia Career Technical Center, Livonia Public Schools, Michigan
    Emily D., Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School, California
    Fernanda Aguado O., Bedichek Middle School, Austin ISD, Texas
    Gabriel J., Pryor Junior High School, Pryor Public Schools, Oklahoma
    Gavin S., Karnes City Junior High School, Karnes ISD, Texas
    Giscar O., Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD, Texas
    Hadley D/B, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School, California
    Hasin R., Ditmas Junior High School 62, Kings, New York
    Hector C., Cathedral High School at Los Angeles, Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District, California
    Izabelle W., Karnes City High School, Karnes ISD, Texas
    Jesse C., Cathedral High School at Los Angeles, Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District, California
    Josh J., North Marion High School, Marion County Schools, West Virginia
    Jordyn V., Bedichek Middle School, Austin ISD, Texas
    Joshua F., Pryor Junior High School, Pryor Public Schools, Oklahoma
    Kenzie M., Tongue River High School, Sheridan County School District #1, Wyoming
    Kripa P., Baylor College of Medicine at Ryan, Houston ISD, Texas
    Loren H., Tongue River High School, Sheridan County School District #1, Wyoming
    Lucy W., Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School, California
    Luke B., MS324 Patria Mirabel School, New York, New York
    Madeleine F., Karnes City Junior High School, Karnes ISD, Texas
    Maciej B., C.T. English Middle School, Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District, California
    Mariah G., Karnes City High School, Karnes ISD, Texas
    Martiza B., C.E. King Middle School, Sheldon ISD, Texas
    Maxwell R., Tongue River High School, Sheridan County School District #1, Wyoming
    Michelle F., Bedichek Middle School, Austin ISD, Texas
    Mikayla W., Pryor Junior High School, Pryor Public Schools, Oklahoma
    Munachimso M., Hastings High School, Alief ISD, Texas
    Myranda N., Bedichek Middle School, Austin ISD, Texas
    Neha K., Irwin Altman MS172, Queens, New York
    Reagan M., Tongue River High School, Sheridan County School District #1, Wyoming
    Robert B., Jefferson High School, Jefferson ISD, Texas
    Ryan H., Jefferson High School, Jefferson ISD, Texas
    Savannah J., Livonia Career Technical Center, Livonia Public Schools, Michigan
    Tyler S., Livonia Career Technical Center, Livonia Public Schools, Michigan

    Action Game (JavaScript):
    Adam R., Art Kingdom, North Marion High School, Marion County Schools, West Virginia
    Ahmed A., Digestive Beatdown, Baylor College of Medicine at Ryan, Houston ISD, Texas
    Amy V., The Drought of CA, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California
    Anh Hoang N. Marathon Water Supplies, Alief Taylor High School, Alief ISD, Texas
    Anna L., Escape the Titanic, C.T. English Middle School, Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District, California
    Aodhan Mi., 1066, Randolph Technical Center, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Brian F., Asgard Mythology, Lehman High School, Hays CISD, Texas
    Brittney B., End World Hunger, Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, Queens, New York
    Cheatham M., Snappy Synonyms, Little Snake River Valley School, Wyoming
    Daniel De LC., Bacteria Outbreak, Cathedral High School at Los Angeles, California
    Dylan D., Data Dash, North Marion High School, Marion County Schools, West Virginia
    Eliana M., Safe-Proof, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD, Texas
    Elora H., The Lost One, David Crockett High School, Austin ISD, Texas
    Eric Justine E., Espiritu’s Game, Cathedral High School at Los Angeles, California
    Evelyn C., Fix It Pablo, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD, Texas
    Fernanda V., Save Fido, Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, Queens, New York
    Giscar O., Dr. Wifi, Lori Dunklin, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD, Texas
    Hector C., Avoid the Bacteria, Cathedral High School at Los Angeles, California
    Izabelle W., Welcome to the Jungle, Karnes City High School, Karnes ISD, Texas
    Jae Ho C., You Got Game?, Cathedral High School at Los Angeles, California
    Jannat A., Shivangi R., No Jail, No Wail, Irwin Altman MS172, Queens, New York
    Jessica D., Fixing Curiosity, Karnes City High School, Karnes ISD, Texas
    Jimmy L., Space Escape, Karnes City High School, Karnes ISD, Texas
    Jose G., Run Run Run!, Cathedral High School at Los Angeles, California
    Jose H., Starting Over, Lehman High School, Hays CISD, Texas
    Josh J., The House of Food: The Truth, North Marion High School, Marion County Schools West Virginia
    Kaylnne G., Cookie Crazy, Randolph Technical Center, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Loan T., Saving the Wild, Stevenson Middle School, Houston ISD, Texas
    Lynesia M., Solar Panels, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD, Texas
    Maria Perez R., Toxic Escape, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD, Texas
    Martiza B., Save A Life, C.E. King Middle School, Sheldon ISD, Texas
    Michael R., Highway Escape, STEAM Academy @ Burke, El Rancho Unified School District, California
    Mreddu B., White Blood Cells to the Rescue, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD, Texas
    Rahawa G., Nanomachines Strike Back, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Houston ISD, Texas
    Riley H., Escape the Underworld, Lehman High School, Hays CISD, Texas
    Savannah J., Beat, Livonia Career Technical Center, Livonia Public Schools, Michigan
    Sean M., Project Tera, Hays High School, Hays CISD, Texas
    Seth D., The Trig of Pearl Harbor, Cathedral High School at Los Angeles, California
    Stephanie B., Salva La Nutria Marina, Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, Queens, New York
    Steven N., Humphrey’s Adventure, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California
    Tyler S., Simply States, Livonia Career Technical Center, Livonia Public Schools, Michigan
    Ulysses M., Dat Shark (Ted), David Crockett High School, Austin ISD, Texas
    Valerie S., A Journey Through Space, Lehman High School, Hays CISD, Texas

    Hidden Object Game:
    Aiden P., The Land of Magic, Beehive Science and Technology Academy, Granite School District, Utah
    Amish P., Dinosaur Mystery, Highland Park Community School, Brooklyn, New York
    Andrew H., Golfing Adventure with Bob, Tygarts Valley Middle School, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Ashlyn J., Mystery Barn Search, Canyon Middle School, Comal ISD, Texas
    Asma B., Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens, Queens, New York
    Ava H., Endangered Animals, Tygarts Valley High School, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Bailey D., At The Library, Tongue River Middle School, Sublette County District #1, Wyoming
    Blaine A., Saving the Sea, Tygarts Valley High School, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Caden B., Blackbeard’s Doom, Tygarts Valley Middle School, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Chaz S., How to survive…Ahead of time, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, West Virginia
    Cierra F., Hazards in your Home, Woodrow Wilson High School, Raleigh County Schools, West Virginia
    Chiianna O., Fire Hazards, Tygarts Valley High School, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Dakota A., The Battle of Stalingrad, North Marion High School, Marion County Schools, West Virginia
    Dallas H., Drumline Jumble, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, West Virginia
    Daniela K R., Endangered Birds Search, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Digna L., Parliament, Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens, Queens, New York
    Donathon L., Susanoo and Orochi, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California
    Donovan K., Save the Dragon, Tongue River Middle School, Sublette County District #1, Wyoming
    Dustin D., Cell Search, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, West Virginia
    Ebanie L., Save The Ocean, Canyon Middle School, Comal ISD, Texas
    Emily S., Know Your Shapes, Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens,Queens, New York
    Fernando A., Digestive Track Check, North Marion High School, Marion County Schools, West Virginia
    Garrett J., Chickens, North Marion High School, Marion County Schools, West Virginia
    Grace S., Innovation of the Internet, Tongue River Middle School, Sublette County District #1, Wyoming
    Gunnar B., Classroom Clean-Up, Tygarts Valley Middle School, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Haris K., Crazy Kitchen, Beehive Science and Technology Academy, Granite School District, Utah
    Hector C., Safety Hazards in the Classroom, Julius L Matthey Middle School, Southside ISD, Texas
    Izabella C., African Animal Genus and Species, Tongue River Middle School, Sublette County District #1, Wyoming
    Ja’la C., Underwater Creatures, Canyon Middle School, Comal ISD, Texas
    Jacksen S., Healthy Food vs Unhealthy Food, Tongue River Middle School, Sublette County District #1, Wyoming
    Jaydon K., Save the Seals, Beehive Science and Technology Academy, Granite School District, Utah
    Jenny N., Circuit Rush, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Jose S., Input vs Output, Julius L Matthey Middle School, Southside ISD, Texas
    Jenna R., Ocean Madness, Beehive Science and Technology Academy, Granite School District, Utah
    Jesse Fullmer S., Build A Computer, Beehive Science and Technology Academy, Granite School District, Utah
    Johanna E., Lost in the Jungle, Beehive Science and Technology Academy, Granite School District, Utah
    Joseph P., Hunting Post, Beehive Science and Technology Academy, Granite School District, Utah
    Joshua P., The Hidden Secrets of War, Beehive Science and Technology Academy, Granite School District, Utah
    Juliana R., Abstract animals, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Justin N., D-Day Items Search, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Kaden B., The Half Pipe, Tongue River Middle School, Sublette County District #1, Wyoming
    Kassandra M., Safety Hazards, Julius L Matthey Middle School, Southside ISD, Texas
    Kayla C., Beach Disaster, Parkersburg High School, Wood County Schools, West Virginia
    Kennan B., Find the pandas!!, Beehive Science and Technology Academy, Granite School District, Utah
    Landon P., Chess Master, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County District #1, Wyoming
    Loren H., The Park Adventure, Tongue River Middle School, Sublette County District #1, Wyoming
    Lucas Y., Camouflage Calamity, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, West Virginia
    Mary B., Polar Meltdown, Canyon Middle School, Comal ISD, Texas
    Minhanh L., Constellation Search, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Morgan W., Help the Ocean, Spring Branch Middle School, Comal ISD, Texas
    Nashaly S.M., Healthy Choices, Canyon Middle School, Comal ISD, Texas
    Nathan C., Lost in the Park, Canyon Middle School, Comal ISD, Texas
    Pierson P., Norse Monsters, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Raina S., Playground Mystery, Beehive Science and Technology Academy, Granite School District, Utah
    Richard O., Dino Bone Hunter, Bernal Intermediate School, Oak Grove School District, California
    Robert P., World War One Emergency, Woodrow Wilson High School, Raleigh County Schools, West Virginia
    Rylee H., Farmer Dave’s Cows, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County District #1, Wyoming
    Samantha A., Animal Rescue, Yesid Gonzalez, Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens, Queens, New York
    Samuel S., Wild Animal Hunt, North Marion High School, Marion County Schools, West Virginia
    Sophie B., Macrophage, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Sydnee P., Tiger Rescue, Tongue River Middle School, Sublette County District #1, Wyoming
    Tiffany B., Makeup Cleanup, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, West Virginia
    Tracey M., Animal Rescue, Tygarts Valley Middle School, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Tyler P., Unplugged 20xx: Preventing an Adobe Flash Flood, Marion County Schools, North Marion High School, West Virginia
    Tyree G., Discrimination Game, Woodrow Wilson High School, Raleigh County Schools, West Virginia
    Vivian N., Zodiac Constellations, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California

    Action Game (ActionScript):
    Abigail C., Olympus in Trouble, Tygarts Valley Middle School, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Bailey W., Monkey Run, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Boone Oliverio, Sidequest, North Marion High School, Marion County Schools, West Virginia
    Caleb H., Cowboy Action, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Catherine S., The Salem Witch Trials, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Cameron A., Constellation Craze, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Chris C., Escape the Hunter, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, West Virginia
    Coal N., Hockey to the Math, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Cole R., Shark Bait, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Daniela K R., What A Peregine Falcon Eats, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Fernando U., Gladiator Game, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California
    Frank P., Food Poisoning, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Jacob S., Space Quest, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Jasmine S., Making Money, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Justin G., Basket-Math, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, West Virginia
    Justin N., A Scientist’s Journey, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Loren H., Basketball Math Adventure, Tongue River High School, Sheridan County School District #1, Wyoming
    Ishita P., Hero Rush, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Maxwell R., Plague, Tongue River High School, Sheridan County School District #1, Wyoming
    Minhanh L., The Dinosaur Game, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Mitchell P., Aluminum Adventure, Pinedale Middle School, Sublette County School District #1, Wyoming
    Robert P., The Battle of Yorktown, Woodrow Wilson High School, Raleigh County Schools, West Virginia
    Ryan P., Bob Ross, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California
    Sydney S., Bonjour Paris, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Taylor M., Aquatic Adventure, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, West Virginia
    Tyler P., Itsy-Bitsy, North Marion High School, Marion County Schools, West Virginia
    Williams O., Pyramid Peril, North Marion High School, Marion County Schools, West Virginia

    Team Game:
    Alejandra O., Erelin M., Madison M., HELP, Christopher School, Oak Grove School District, California
    Andrew H., Danny L., SE3, Tygarts Valley Middle School, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Angellena E., Litzy C., Yahaira M., Gully Free Zone, Christopher School, Oak Grove School District, California
    Anthony S., Blanka O., Kyle F., Crazy Coding, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Ashleigh O., Kaden N., Sierra C., The Return of the Dinosaurs, Tygarts Valley Middle School, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    August H., Marek P., Maxwell Taniguchi K., Immune Army, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Austin B., Put It Out, Tygarts Valley Middle School, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Brayden B., Joshua B., Micha A., Dog Breed 101, Tygarts Valley Middle School, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Carly B., Tracey M., Tygarts Valley Middle School, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Christian M., Fruedian Mind Slip, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, West Virginia
    Eric S., Heidi V., Leslie G., Raymund B., What A Feeling, Christopher School, Oak Grove School District, California
    Herschel M., Hoang-ha L., Sebastian Diaz G., Kicking Calculations, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Ian M., Shaun T., The Amazing Duckling, Tygarts Valley Middle School, Randolph County Schools, West Virginia
    Isaac S., Automania, Hurricane High School, Putnam County Schools, West Virginia
    Isabel P., Matthew N., Pallavi R., The Keeper of the Elements, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Jenna K., Jenny N., Sally H., Magnificent Monarch March, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Jillian H., Miranda C., Ocean Commotion, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California
    Kayla H., Jenna Y., Oil Spill Clean-Up, Adventure STEM Academy, Oak Grove School District, California

    Mobile Game:
    Alexander G., Atomic Atoms, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California
    Amy V., The Circulatory System, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California
    Christina N., Traditional Folk Dancing of Asia, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California
    Cindy N., Romeo and Juliet, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California
    Dominic P., Save Bob, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California
    Jennifer T., Circle of Life, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California
    Jimmy N., Space Aliens, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California
    Quy A., The Hunt, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California
    Steven N., Willford the Math Magician, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California
    Vincent L., Huntings, Sylvandale Middle School, Franklin McKinley School District, California


    Globaloria is a leading provider of Computer Science Education nationally and is committed to #CSForAll. Our learning platform, catalogue of courses and pathways for K12 is teaching kids and teens computer science and how to design and code educational games and apps using industry-standard programming languages and professional digital media tools.

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    Celebrating the 2016 NYC Games for Change Student Challenge

    On June 11, Games for Change celebrated NYC’s best young game designers at the Museum of Moving Image. The NYC G4C Student Challenge was an educational game design program for middle and high school students, supported by an amazing group of partner organizations. With the help of their teachers and veteran game designers, hundreds of students from public schools across NYC were taught how to create original digital games about educational and social issues in their communities, on five themes, provided by major sponsor organizations, who also provided domain expertise, workshop opportunities, and prizes:

    Civic Journalism – Sponsored by The New York Times
    Smart Cities – Sponsored by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Technology & Innovation
    Literacy – Sponsored by the XPRIZE Foundation
    Animal Welfare – Sponsored by A Kinder World Foundation
    Youth Justice – Sponsored by American Civil Liberties Union

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    Student Winners of the Inaugural G4C NYC Student Challenge

    G4C NYC Student Challenge Winners demo-ing their games at the Museum of Moving Image

    G4C NYC Student Challenge Winners demo-ing their games at the Museum of Moving Image

    During June 2015, NYC teachers and students were invited to apply to participate in this first-of-its-kind citywide Challenge. Twenty teachers from schools in all five NYC boroughs were selected to receive robust training by Globaloria to run game-making courses in their schools and after school programs. After students submitted their games, a jury of experts selected the best games. An awards ceremony and a public arcade featuring the top games was hosted at the Museum of the Moving Image on June 11, 2016.

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    Globaloria Students Featured in NYC ELL’s STEMTastic Day

    On May 17, 2016, Globaloria students from Entrada Academy, Manhattan Academy for Arts and Language and George Ryan Middle School showcased their games at STEMTastic Day at the New York Hall of Science, hosted by the Division of English Language Learners (ELL) and Student Support, Division of Teaching and Learning, Department of STEM, and the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI). It was a wonderful exposition and celebration of our students’ learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    Globaloria Students from George Ryan Middle School preparing to showcase their games at STEMTastic Day.

    Globaloria Students from George Ryan Middle School
    preparing to showcase their games at STEMTastic Day

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    Globaloria Students Wins in 2016 MIT Dream It. Code It. Win It. Awards Ceremony

    On May 5, 2016, Globaloria students won in the High School division of the 2016 M.I.T.’s “Dream It. Code It. Win It.” competition with their creativity in using computer science to solve a problem. Globaloria winners included:

    • “Protect & Swerve” by Md.Haque, Joshua Lee, Shemar Dacosta, Christopher Torres (Bronx Academy for Software Engineering)

    • “Reducing Carbon Footprint Game” by Michelle Morales, Jennifer Caceres, Sheira Medrano, Marielly Luna (The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria)

    • “Stress Relief App (ARA)” by Michelle Gonzalez (The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria)

    • “Breakin Bread” by Gabriela Cuautle (The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria)

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    Providing Computer Science Education to Teachers at the NYC-DoE’s STEM Institute

    On April 26-28, Globaloria was invited by the NYC Department of Education to host a Workshop at its Spring STEM Institute, to engage NYC educators in STEM and Computer Science Learning.

    The NYC STEM Institute is offered by the DoE to provide professional learning opportunities to 300 educators in their efforts to identify and develop a STEM-focused approach to learning and teaching that supports student achievement.

    Every year, teams of 2-3 teachers from NYC schools are granted the opportunity to participate in a variety of hands-on interactive workshops.

    Brenetha Chung

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