Albuquerque Public Schools To Implement Scholastic Esports Programs as it Creates a Statewide NASEF Affiliate

Strong national network enables New Mexico to offer significant learning opportunities related to esports while expanding tournament play through the North America Scholastic Esports Federation

ATLANTA, GA (October 1, 2021) – Esports is booming, and students in New Mexico are not just excited to play the games, but also to pursue related career pathways. To support this thirst for competition and education, the New Mexico Scholastic Esports Federation (NMSEF) has just become an affiliate of the North America Scholastic Esports Federation. NASEF will provide free tournaments, programs, curriculum, and expertise to help scholastic esports grow and thrive in New Mexico. 

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, participate in creative and analytic challenges, manage clubs, events, and fundraising, compete in tournaments in popular titles such as Rocket League, Chess, and Minecraft.  

“We are excited about the New Mexico Scholastic Esports Federation and the opportunity to work with state esports leaders and with NASEF to incorporate strategies for learning and career pathways for our students through curriculum development with our statewide collaboration,” noted Dr. Richard Bowman, Chief Information and Strategy Officer for Albuquerque Public Schools.

The NMSEF’s vision is to create and foster competitive esports programs through the lens of academics and learning in all New Mexico  schools by providing assistance, organizing 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 while also providing pathways 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 the New Mexico Scholastic Esports Federation 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 excited to take part in huge tournaments in popular games. We’re excited to support the NMSEF and see the growth across New Mexico in the coming years.”

Learn more at the NASEF website. Schools across New Mexico are invited to join NMSEF and NASEF and tap into their events and resources; contact nmsef@aps.edu for more information.

About the North America Scholastic Esports Federation

The North America Scholastic Esports Federation 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. NASEF and its partner HSEL are collaborating to create the leading global esports marketplace and community for play and learning. Find NASEF at NASEF.org and on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

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Media Contacts:

Claire LaBeaux, claire@nasef.org

Richard Bowman, Ph.D., NMSEF@aps.edu