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The U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently launched a competition aiming to spur the development of new “educational simulations that strengthen career and technical skills.” The competition, dubbed the “EdSim Challenge,” asks software developers and technology companies to “submit concepts for immersive simulations that will prepare students for the globally competitive workforce of the 21st century.”
Simulated digital learning has already begun to show promise in CTE. In fact, I recently tried my hand on a virtual welding program at Williston State College in North Dakota (we won’t discuss the results), and last week I observed students at the Arlington Career Center in Virginia using a virtual automotive spray paint simulation.
Simulated digital learning is an example of the type of innovative approach to education that provides educators with new opportunities and tools to prepare students for their futures. According to a press release from ED, “students who participate in digital learning simulations for [STEM] learning had a 23 percent higher achievement rating than those who do not.”
The press release also stated that ED is looking for simulations that merge the fun and engaging nature of commercial games with educational content that prepares students for learning and careers. Those interested in participating in the challenge can learn more here, sign up for an informational webinar on the competition here, or submit concepts here. Submissions are due by 5PM on January 17. The grand prize winner will be awarded $430,000, and five finalists will each receive $50,000.
Posted by Jarrod Nagurka on 11/04/2016 at 11:53 AM in Career Readiness, In the News, STEM | Permalink
competition, CTE, Department of Education, digital simulated learning, ED
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