Million-Dollar Grant Seeks to Spark Young Gamers' Interest in Science

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The National Science Foundation is funding a project at N.C. State University [pictured above] to develop a video game that helps improve computer science knowledge retention in middle school kids.

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The NSF called the $1 million grant to State necessary in light of the decline in students enrolled in the so-called STEM fields - science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The NSF noted that projections say American high tech employers will have more computer science job openings than can be filled by competent graduates.

The funding is meant to create a game that encourages students to pursue a career in computer science. The lead researcher at State also built one teaching scientific concepts to fifth graders.

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This is all well and good, but if we're talking about a computer game designed to spur video gamers' interest in the applied sciences, and encourage them to enroll at a university that teaches them, I think the NSF should pay EA Sports a couple million to make State the preseason No. 1 every year in NCAA Football.

State Gets $1 Million Grant for Educational Game [Game Politics]


You can contact Owen Good, a 1995 graduate of N.C. State and the author of this post, at owen@kotaku.com. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, and lurking around our #tips page.

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DISCUSSION

Even though I wound up in grad school for engineering, I was still always interested in computer science. My interest was kept not by the prospect of a video game, but rather it was kept by the unbelievably dorky conversations about how we were going to change the old diarrhea color of the Asus motherboards before 1st period in high school.

That's right folks. Long live the days of shit-colored motherboards, IDE cables, and Starcraft (1)! Long live computer science!