APS is "All In"

Esports Ready to Grow Again in 2019-20
Posted on 08/20/2019
Image of eSports Team(Courtesy Ohio STEM Learning Network)

Have you heard about esports? If not, you might soon. Esports is competitive videograming, and it’s a wildly popular global phenomenon with a growing professional level.

Among U.S. colleges and universities, many are forming teams, hiring coaches and granting scholarships to the best players, just as they do for athletes in traditional sports. Ohio State University is developing an interdisciplinary curriculum spanning five colleges to focus on video-game studies and esports. The curriculum will include undergraduate and graduate degrees; an elective course in esports content production; online certification programs for specialized credentials; and a gaming speaker series. A state-of-the-art arena is being built on campus to accommodate OSU’s esports teams.

What about high schools? Have esports reached those students, and how are high schools accommodating students’ interest and preparing them to compete on collegiate teams, win scholarships and take courses that might lead to related careers? To find out more about esports in high schools, we contacted Jeffrey Caranna, who coaches several esports teams for Akron Public Schools and is based at the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School. Read more here >>.
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