FREE FAMILY GAME DAY AT WQED STUDIOS TO FOLLOW NATIONAL STEM VIDEO GAME CHALLENGE CELEBRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 17, 2015
FREE FAMILY GAME DAY AT WQED STUDIOS
TO FOLLOW NATIONAL STEM VIDEO GAME CHALLENGE CELEBRATION
WHO: WQED Pittsburgh.
WHAT: WQED will host Family Game Day. From Twister to Tetris, this FREE event is fun for the entire family! Attendees will have an opportunity to play along with some of the region’s top educators and gaming companies, and meet some of the kids from around the country who were just named the winners of the 2014-2015 National STEM Video Game Challenge! RSVPs should be made at this EventBrite link.
WHERE: WQED, Fred Rogers Studio, 4802 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213.
WHEN: Saturday, June 27 from 1 – 4 p.m.
WHY: The National STEM Video Game Challenge will announce the winners of its fourth annual competition at a gaming celebration earlier that day at WQED. The top original video games and game design concepts were selected in 14 categories from nearly 4,000 entries. The STEM Challenge, presented by the Smithsonian in partnership with E-Line Media and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, aims to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among students in grades 5-12 by tapping into their enthusiasm for playing and making video games.
ABOUT NATIONAL STEM VIDEO GAME CHALLENGE:
The STEM Challenge is held in partnership with founding sponsor the Entertainment Software Association, corporate sponsor Bayer, and the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), The Grable Foundation, AARP and Mentor Up.
This year the STEM Challenge conducted a series of featured workshops in the Pittsburgh area supported the work of the Kids+Creativity Network. The alliance is generously supported by the Grable Foundation and managed by The Sprout Fund.
The National STEM Video Game Challenge was inspired by President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate Campaign.” Previous winners have showcased their games at the White House Science Fair, The Smithsonian Institution and Games4Change.
NOTE TO WORKING PRESS:
Photo and interview opportunities with winners of the National STEM Video Game Challenge as well as sponsors will be available from Noon – 1:00 p.m.
To coordinate contact:
Additional photo opportunities with local families playing games will also be available from 1 – 4 p.m.
WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED Create; WQED WORLD; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at www.wqedfm.org; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).
The Joan Ganz Cooney Center investigates the potential of digital media to help children learn, and collaborates with educators, media producers, policymakers and investors to put this research into action. An independent nonprofit organization, the Center addresses issues of digital equity and aims to strengthen connections between formal and informal learning environments. Learn more at www.joanganzcooneycenter.org.
E-Line Media is a publisher of game-based learning products and services that engage, educate and empower, helping to prepare youth for lives and careers in the 21st century. E-Line works with leading foundations, academics, non-profits and government agencies to harness the power of games for learning, health and social impact. Find out more at www.elinemedia.com.
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