Inclusive Esports Arena Helps Young Gamers Grow Connections, Learn Tech Skills
When Edison Township Public Schools in New Jersey opened a brand-new esports arena, complete with high-end computers, a competition desk, a broadcast area and a bring-your-own-game area, 400 students flocked to the space.
District leaders say they invested in the space to prepare students for careers in the burgeoning esports industry and help them build important social-emotional skills that will serve them long after they graduate.
Bernard Bragen Jr., Superintendent, Edison Township (N.J.) Public Schools
Ralph Barca, Chief Information & Technology Officer, Edison Township (N.J.) Public Schools
Charles Ross, Principal, Edison High School
Dennis DeMaio, Technology Specialist, Edison Township (N.J.) Public Schools
- The brand-new arena features high-powered computers that are used for classes during the day and for esports in the afternoon.
- Students take the lead in managing the esports arena, which imparts a sense of community and offers hands-on experience with computers.
- District leaders note other esports benefits, such as scholarships and curriculum-aligned education that prepares students for the future.