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