Play and Learning Through Esports: ESPORT CANADA To Implement Scholastic Esports Programs as it Creates a Local NASEF Affiliate
Strong national network partners with Esport Canada to offer significant learning opportunities related to esports while expanding tournament play through the North America Scholastic Esports Federation
(April 6, 2022, Atlanta, Georgia) -- Esports are booming, and students across Canada are excited to not just play the games, but to pursue related careers. To support this thirst for competition and education, Esport Canada has just become an affiliate of the North America Scholastic Esports Federation. NASEF will provide additional free tournaments, programs, curriculum, and expertise to help scholastic esports grow and thrive in Canada.
NASEF leverages massive student interest in team-based competitive video gaming, offering meaningful career and STEM education alongside tournaments. Students learn about possible career pathways, enter Beyond the Game creative and analytic challenges, manage clubs and events and fundraising, and compete in tournaments in popular titles including but not limited to: Rocket League, Brawlhalla, and Minecraft, to name a few.
“Esports provide our students with future-ready skills that not only prepare them for success in a variety of fields that extend far beyond the tech sector, but also nurture our students holistic growth by supporting their social emotional development and sense of belonging” said Melissa Burns, founder and CEO of Esport Canada. “Our students are redefining ‘digital citizenship’ as simply ‘citizenship’ and we are so excited to see that played out on a global stage as we are able to connect with the greater scholastic esports community through this NASEF Affiliate relationship.”
Esport Canada’s vision is to create and foster competitive esports programs through the lens of academics and learning in Canadian middle schools and high schools by providing assistance, organizing additional tournaments, and presenting information to schools and advisers. NASEF offers a unique focus on diversity with an emphasis on cultivating talents in potentially underserved populations and provide a pathway to college scholarships and careers in the gaming industry.
“Research demonstrates the effectiveness of esports as a tool for meaningful STEM and social-emotional learning,” said Gerald Solomon, founder and executive director of NASEF. “We’re thrilled to have Esport Canada in the NASEF family, where educators will be able to learn best practices from other community networks with experience implementing scholastic esports programs. Of course, the students will be thrilled to take part in huge tournaments in popular games. We’re excited to support Esport Canada and see the growth across Canada in the coming years.”
About the North America Scholastic Esports Federation
The North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) is on a mission to provide opportunities for all students to use esports as a platform to acquire STEM/STEAM-based skills and critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life. Find NASEF at NASEF.org and on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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