• Obama Teams up with LittleBigPlanet and will put LBP in Libraries + $300,000 contest
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[url]http://kotaku.com/5410944/obama-and-littlebigplanet-team-up-for-kids[/url] [QUOTE]The White House is announcing today a program to improve science and math education with a variety of Entertainment Software Association-backed initiatives including a program to put LittleBigPlanet in libraries as well as a $300,000 game design challenge. President Barack Obama announced the overarching directive that the gaming plans are part of at a White House press conference that furthers the Administration's commitment to its STEM program, an initiative for focusing on science, technology engineering and math education. The new push is dubbed "Educate to Innovate." Among the participating private-backed initiatives that are part of the program, according to a run-down in the New York Times, is a two-year focus on science on Sesame Street, a commercial-free science programming commitment by the Discovery Channel, a new website backed by Time Warner Cable, as well as a variety of video game initiatives. "Our industry's lifeblood is the energy and innovation of new, emerging developers," Michael Gallagher, president of the Entertainment Software Association, the industry's lobbying group, said in a press release today. "To create the next generation's epic titles and incredibly immersive storylines, we need America's youth to have strategic and analytic thinking skills along with complex problem solving abilities. It is my hope that it will produce games that will have a lasting impact on the STEM skills our nation's students so desperately need." The Sony LittleBigPlanet initiative, Game Changers, is part of a $2 million 2010 Digital Media and Learning Competition funded by the MacArthur foundation. It involves Sony donating 1000 PlayStation 3s and copies of LittleBigPlanet to libraries and community organizations. Participants will strive to create levels that involve science, technology, engineering and math. A second program, called the Stem National Video Game Competition, was also announced. It is a three-pronged $300,000 contest encouraging entrants to create the best browser video games that teach the STEM disciplines for a trio of age ranges: 4-8, 8-12 and 12-16. This competition is intended to reach "historically underserved populations including girls and minority students," according to an ESA press release. Specifics for this contest will be announced in early 2010, with winners showcased at E3 in June. The gaming initiatives announced today are backed by the Information Technology Industry Council, an advocacy group. Microsoft and the Games4Change group are also both involved in these plans, according to the ESA release. More details about both contests will be announced in the next few weeks, according to the ESA. [/QUOTE] [quote] a commercial-free science programming commitment by the Discovery Channel[/quote] [B]FUCK YEA[/B]
Seems like a horrific waste of money to me.
This is why Obama is cool.
That's pretty cool. George Sackboyington, Abraham Sackboy and Franklin Delano Sackboy will all be present, right?
[QUOTE=Musicfreak59;18528705]That's pretty cool. George Sackboyington, Abraham Sackboy and Franklin Delano Sackboy will all be present, right?[/QUOTE] Don't forget Barrack Obamasackboy!
[quote]President Barack Obama announced the overarching directive that the gaming plans are part of at a White House press conference[/quote] [quote]President Barack Obama gaming plans White House[/quote] Holy shit best President ever
yay the discovery [B]channe[/B]
[i][b]FUCK YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS[/b][/i] caps
He should put "No Russian" in all of our airports too.
[QUOTE=gmaster;18528767]Don't forget Barrack Obamasackboy![/QUOTE] But no one wants to learn about William J. Sackton and [u]ESPECIALLY NOT[/u] George H.W. Sackboy
[QUOTE=Higginz511;18528893]He should put "No Russian" in all of our airports too.[/QUOTE] Yea, it's called "What happens if you don't report suspicious activity game"
SCIENCE! :science:
[QUOTE=Scope0;18528862]yay the discovery [B]channe[/B][/QUOTE] It's like 4chan only more scientific!
waste of $$
If those levels aren't good, they're going to get drowned out by the non-educational ones. And go figure, I just bought the PSP version a couple of days ago too.
[QUOTE=jcallan;18528673]Seems like a horrific waste of money to me.[/QUOTE] Read the article again, everything is backed by private funding.
[QUOTE=Scope0;18528862]yay the discovery [B]channe[/B][/QUOTE] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTW8oUV8Aq0[/media]
The Americans want to raise computer programmers so they can make the popular games, that give money to capitalism and make Russians look bad.
That's a really cool thing to do. I only have a few concerns: The money could also be used in schools and would probably a better investment there. The project is very likey to only attract people interested in science anyway.
Didn't Obama say parents should be "putting away the Xbox,". Pstttt fanboy
[QUOTE=Used Car Salesman;18529273]Read the article again, everything is backed by private funding.[/QUOTE] If it's privately funded, then it sounds okay to me. I don't really see the education value, but whatever.
How the hell is this a good thing? "a program to improve science and math education" - by playing a video game? I don't see it myself
Fifteen thousand little kids who have never played anything aside from Oregon Trail III are going to be flooding the LBP level database with crap
wow yes let's give away $300,000 because we are the government
What's Obama's PSN name?
[QUOTE=radioactive;18532596]What's Obama's PSN name?[/QUOTE] TheREALObama no1 believes it's really him tho, poor obama ;((
I'm in Canada :(
[QUOTE=jcallan;18528673]Seems like a horrific waste of money to me.[/QUOTE] Me too. Of course, with proper use this is a KICKASS idea, but considering the $20k computer system at my school is never used for anything other than waiting for windows to boot up, internet explorer 6, and MSword 2003, I have no trust that this will be executed well.
Lol what LBP is too fun to be educational :xd: waste of money
What do you expect those PS3's to be doing when they're not being played on? [b]COMMUNIST STEM CELL RESEARCH[/b]
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