Many kids and even some adults dreamed of a school where the curriculum is all about games. Now that dream is going to be full filled by Quest to Learn in New York by Fall. Quest to Learn is a new school that teaches kids from grade 6 through 12 all the ins and outs of gaming.
Quest will try to enhance ways of teaching their students by using digital media, games, online networks, and mobile technologies. Students will also be taught how to utilize and design these tools. Hopefully, this will lead the students to eventually take courses in computer programming, media arts, and game design. Internship and mentorship programs also aim to further the learning experience, while affiliates like the Parsons New School for Design further helps a Quest student prepare for a career in new media.
We promote GAMING LITERACY: the play, analysis, and creation of games, as a foundation for learning, innovation, and change in the 21st century. Through a variety of programs centered on game design, the Institute engages audiences of all ages, exploring new ways to think, act, and speak through gaming in a social world.
Overview | School Principal Aaron Schwartz
More masterful in the world today than they were yesterday a generation of gamers has pointed the way toward a powerful new model for learning institutions of the future. New York City will hopefully soon be home to a new 6-12th grade public school that will use game design and game-inspired methods to teach critical 21st century skills and literacy. Proposed to open in fall 2009, the school is being created in collaboration with New Visions for Public Schools, a not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with the New York City Department of Education to improve academic achievement in the City’s public schools. In addition, Quest to Learn will be supported through an innovative partnership with The Center for Transformative Media, at The New School, and Pearson. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently awarded a grant of $1.1 million to help with planning and development.
I personally wish they had this when I was in the 6th grade. Hopefully, these kids that go through this school will be the next top game developers out there.