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May 1st, 2012
New video game-themed high school may be a hard sell
Never mind video games getting in the way of homework or learning time. At one Florida school, video games are homework, the Huffington Post reports. A new magnet program at Miami-Dade County Public Schools will launch this fall that focuses on digital design and coding, drawing on recent nationwide calls for emphasis on education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Named the iTech Academy at Miami Springs Senior High, the program becomes the first video game-themed magnet in the country’s fourth largest school district.
“We’re going to be a school that produces not only games, but apps. It’s part of my vision,” Principal Anna Rodriguez told The Miami Herald. “I can see our students building holograms. I can really see it.”
A focus on science and math education comes as the U.S. is becoming increasingly concerned over learning among the country’s youth in STEM…But even as there’s growing demand for those who possess technological skills like animation, programming and computer design to support a growing mobile gaming industry, parents may still struggle to wrap their heads around a video game-themed high school.