CTE School Offers Free Summer Online Esports Camp
- By Dian Schaffhauser
online public high school is planning for a free
that delivers coding lessons in the morning for students and then
runs esports lessons in the afternoon for those same students. It's
intended for students in grades 8-11. Capacity is limited to 500
campers in either of two camps, one focused on "video game
design and programing" and the other on "virtual reality
online." Students may choose to attend both.
camp is being put on by Destinations
which produces "career-readiness" programs, including tech
certification training, to help students explore various fields and
learn skills for succeeding in the workplace and college. The
company, a division of K12,
a commercial school provider, works directly with schools and
districts to deliver career and technology education classes.
coding camp begin on Jun. 15, 2020 and runs through Jun. 25. The VR
camp runs between Jul. 6 and Jul. 16. Campers meet for 60 to 90
minutes twice a day, Monday through Friday. In the morning session,
students learn about game design and development. In the afternoon
session, they work on the skills and strategies they need to compete
in esports challenges.
who participate will have the opportunity to participate in a Smash
Bros, Fortnite or Rocket League tournament on or around Jul. 20.
company is also providing free "exploration" courses, which
run more like online classes. Subjects cover careers in business and
marketing, IT and healthcare.
for the camps and courses is available through
the K12 Courses website.
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.