Encouraging Makati Youth to Play Games and Take an Interest in STEM – Manila Newsletter
The benefits of playing video games are numerous, ranging from improved memory and critical thinking to improved leadership skills. It can also provide a thriving social framework for young people.
If you had asked me six months ago if my love for games would translate into a partnership with the Makati City Government, the Makati Ministry of Education and Makati Sangguniang Kabataan, I would not have believed you .
Games are always seen as a distraction from our studies and other more “serious” things. But as Dr. Carleen S. Sedilla, Superintendent of the Makati DepED Division, said at our launch event, “The games are a way to capture the passions of young people and translate them into meaningful efforts in the fields of education. computer science, programming and STEM. ”
My strong passion for games has translated into interests in game development, technology, and future career paths that involve science and engineering.
I started Scope for Change last year at the age of 15, after seeing how the pandemic has affected so many people economically, socially and even psychologically.
The main goal of Scope for Change is to use e-sports and games as a way for children and teens to participate in helping others during these trying times while exposing them to computers and programming, so that they develop their interests in the STEM field. .
I believe the STEM field is a valuable path for students to follow as the digital age brings evolving technologies that are permanently changing the society we live in.
Technology literacy is the new benchmark for future success. I intend to use eSports as a tool to make children and teens aware of the current challenges during the pandemic while increasing their STEM interests and learning in fun and rewarding ways.
On August 6, 2021, the Scope for Change Summer Gaming Workshop, in partnership with the Makati City Government, Makati DepED and Makati SK, brought together talented teens from various schools in the Makati District who, like me, are addicted to video games. They participated in a series of game development tutorials organized by Scope For Change to help them on their game development journey.
Over 120 participants in teams of five took part in Scope For Change’s game development competition for four weeks, developing a game on the theme of “Makati City”.
The first prize of 30,000 P went to the Sadako team for their interpretation of the infinite jumping game “Chibibi Dodge” where you dodge viruses and collect hand sanitizers, face masks and vaccines against the backdrop of the scratches. – Makati sky. Second place of 20,000P went to Maksci Gaming for a Monopoly-esque game featuring various Makati properties and landmarks. In third place, the Sturdy New Gen team won 10,000 P for their endless runner titled “Juan’s Adventure”, starring Juan, a child of Makati, as the main hero. These games are published as free games on the Google Play Store for you to check out.
Like me, the participants fantasized about taking part in e-sports tournaments and competing against opponents as passionate as they were for victory. Thus, we concluded the workshop with a Mobile Legends tournament with a grand prize of 20,000 P, with live and streaming casters on several social media platforms where the same environment plays in the same environment as the professional players of Mobile Legends.
The Makatizens team prevailed over the competition, winning the title and the grand prize. However, a valiant effort was provided by the finalists, Team Sadako and Team Renaissance, for second and third places, respectively.
I hope that the workshop will generate lasting interest so that students can develop their skills and knowledge in technology and programming. This, I hope, will help them pursue career paths that can enhance our country’s competitiveness in science and technology.
I want students and parents to experience what I have learned. While video games can be entertaining at times, they can also prove to be a catalyst in learning hands-on STEM-related skills when played in moderation. It can develop the skills of our young people in computer and programming and be able to compete with other countries for valuable knowledge-based jobs in the future.
This project would not be a success without the help and support of many people. Thanks to Councilor “Dudong” San Pedro who is also the President of Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, Councilor of Makati District 1 Tosca Puno Ramos, Superintendent of Makati DepEd School Division Dr Carleen Sedilla, Director of Education Makati DepEd Ms. Rita Riddle and Makati DepEd Senior Education Program Specialist Ms. Maria Sofie Berondo for believing in my advocacy and looking beyond games as mere forms of entertainment. Most importantly, thank you to Mayor Abigail Binay for her approval of my project. Without his ardent advocate for the youth of Makati City, this project would not be possible. Thanks also to Lenovo for being the main sponsor of the event, while Logitech as a partner sponsor for trusting me in this company.
***Contributed by Kyler Hewitt Sy, a young student who, at the age of 15, started Scope for Change.
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