Burley High School Esports was recently awarded $50,000 from T-Mobile!
We were so happy to have helped them every step of the way.
If you didn't already know - our resident grant expert, Ashley, will find your school funding opportunities AND even help you apply!
We never want funds to get in the way of running a fantastic program. Reach out, and your school might be the next to get $50,000!
STEM classes your child will LOVE. It's hard to find a kid who doesn't love video games.
Our mission is to deliver an exciting, social learning community for kids that embrace and use their love of video games so that they can enter STEM careers they love with a rich network of peers and experience! What these kids don't know is that there's an entire world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math that makes video games possible. We funnel the excitement of video games into a pas
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Burley High School Esports was recently awarded $50,000 from T-Mobile!
At STEM Forged, our goal is to prepare students for STEM careers and college! Game design programs work on technical skills like coding, 3D modeling, animation, and more! Esports programs are competitive gameplay with a social-emotional learning focus. K
At STEM Forged, our goal is to prepare students for STEM careers and college!
Game design programs work on technical skills like coding, 3D modeling, animation, and more! Esports programs are competitive gameplay with a social-emotional learning focus.
Kids love video games but need life skills. Head to our website to turn their excitement for video games, into a passion for learning STEM subjects! https://hubs.la/Q01mNbrZ0
Our programs were built with your school in mind! You can have great learning opportunities for your students, and not have to lift a finger! Let us take the pressure off you. Check out our website for more info! https://www.stemforged.com/esportsandvide
Our programs were built with your school in mind!
You can have great learning opportunities for your students, and not have to lift a finger!
Let us take the pressure off you.
Check out our website for more info! https://hubs.la/Q01mMPpK0
With all this ESSER III funding available, it seems like now is the time to start a conversation about esports and game design! Want evidence-based afterschool programs that help prepare kids for college and careers through technical STEM skills AND soci
With all this ESSER III funding available, it seems like now is the time to start a conversation about esports and game design!
Want evidence-based afterschool programs that help prepare kids for college and careers through technical STEM skills AND social-emotional learning?
Check out our programs at https://www.stemforged.com/esportsandvideogamecareers
We are hosting the Boise Esports Open!
Kids will play Rocket League with a team, learn strategy and communication, and compete to win CASH PRIZES! 🤑
Big things are coming for Idaho esports... Participants will become leaders in the Idaho esports community, and ambassadors for esports in their schools!
Sign your teen up today!
Game Design #4 - Make Cooler Games using Variables and Global Messages
STEM Forged COO, Nik, walks us through how to make our games more interesting using navigation, variables, and global messages.
Game Design #4 - Make Cooler Games using Variables and Global Messages Learn video game design! In this video STEM Forged COO, Nik, walks us through how to make our games more interesting using navigation, variables, and global ...
Bridging the Block Coding Gap
While block coding is a good first step.. It's a long leap to go from dragging procedural blocks together to typing out thousand lines of code by hand.
Check out how we use Blocksmith to bridge the gap!
Bridging the Block Coding Gap With each new generation, kids get better with technology. While using technology on a day-to-day basis is becoming the norm, kids and parents alike are pushing for the younger generations to have more opportunities for jobs in technology which usually involves the ability to code. What is the best....
How to Hack Kids’ Interest in Coding Courses
Just coding in school is great but.... it's not relatable and it just won't stick. So how do we hack kids' interest in coding? GAME DESIGN!
How to Hack Kids’ Interest in Coding Courses Coding is great, but game design make programming fun and relatable for students!
8 Video Game Career Paths You Didn’t Think About
From digital art to data analysis to marketing... There are tons of careers in gaming beyond just programming. Which one is right for you?
8 Video Game Career Paths You Didn’t Think About If you’re looking for a unique and exciting career, video games may be the perfect industry for you.
Did you know that over 44% of public schools report teacher vacancies?
Without teachers, schools cannot provide as many extracurriculars and after school programs. STEM Forged can help!
We provide student programs that INCLUDE remote instructors so schools gain more opportunities without putting more in teachers shoulders. 💪🏼
Video Games and Emotional Development
Unregulated game play can have a negative effect on one's emotional well-being. How do STEM Forged programs combat this?
Video Games and Emotional Development Unregulated gaming can have a negative effect on one's emotional development. What does STEM Forged do to combat this?
The Future of Higher Education with Gordon Jones, President of CWI
Very excited to be sharing PART ONE of our interview with President of College of Western Idaho, Gordon Jones.
Part two comes out tomorrow!
This interview will also be available to listen to on YouTube, and our BRAND NEW podcast later this week.
The Future of Higher Education with Gordon Jones, President of CWI The intersection of innovation, technology, and affordability is a conversation that HAS to be had in the world we are in today. Educators are trying to find new ways to set their students up for success, but are often lacking the resources. How is this effecting their ability to be prepared for col...
The Influence of Video Games
"The games we play generally mirror the challenges we confront in our professional lives. Games are made to put us to the test and force us to adapt in order to overcome obstacles, such as logical problems and other players."
New article is up! All about the influence games have, and how that influence can make a positive difference in our lives.
The Influence of Video Games How video games affect kid's career choices and prepare them for real world experiences.
Game Design #3 - Importing 3D Models from Blender to Blocksmith
Learn how to format and export 3D models from Blender to Blocksmith, Inc
Game Design #3 - Importing 3D Models from Blender to Blocksmith Learn video game design! In this video STEM Forged instructor, Nate, walks us through how to export 3D models from Blender to Blocksmith. Including: - format...
Video Games - A Career Or An Addiction?
Video Games - A Career or An Addiction?
In this article STEM Forged esports coach, Alondra Marrero, takes a hard look at esports. What is it? What are the risks? Are there career opportunities for kids in esports?
Check it out below!
Video Games - A Career Or An Addiction? As esports begins to take over the scene, more and more young gamers consider this career as an option. But what exactly is esports?
CWI President, Gordon Jones, tells us what animal hybrid he would create!
We asked College of Western Idaho president, Gordon Jones, what animal hybrid he would create... his answer is hilarious! 🤣
Can't wait to release this full interview this week where we talked about the future of higher education, and how to best prepare kids for college and careers.
BOOST Conference 2022 VLOG
We went to the BOOST Conference last month. Here are some highlights!
It was great talking to some passionate educators about our esports and game design afterschool programs.
Check it out!
BOOST Conference 2022 VLOG STEM Forged takes the BOOST Conference (Best of Out-Of-School Time) in Palm Springs to talk about esports and game design afterschool programs!We loved talki...
MEET THE INSTRUCTOR - NATE
Nate is a new instructor ready to take on some private lessons!
If you want to become AMAZING at 3D Modeling.... Nate is your guy. 💪
Book a private lesson on our website today!
How do we infuse STEM into video game design?
Check out our new blog post on the website to learn more!
Why do we teach kids game design?
Is it more than just video games?
Check out our new blog post to see how we are infusing STEM into GAME DESIGN
SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT - Horseshoe Bend School District
OUR FIRST SCHOOL SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT 🤩
We love working with Horseshoe Bend! Here's a highlight of teachers and students talking about what they love about the game design and esports programs that STEM Forged runs in their school district.
SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT - Horseshoe Bend School District We love working with Horseshoe Bend! Here's a highlight of teachers and students talking about what they love about the game design and esports programs that...
What Programs are Best for Game Design?
What do we use for our game design courses? And why do we use them?
Check out this new article to find out!
I'll give you a hint... It's chromebook compatible 😍
What Programs are Best for Game Design? Game design is an incredibly broad term. Storyboarders, 3D artists, Coders, Designers; even project managers and team leaders are apart of Game Design. Our programs use blocksmith to do game design in middle schools and high schools.
So... Thinking of starting your own esports program?
Make sure you have a clear goal in mind.
🔸What do you want the players to learn?
🔸How will they benefit from participating?
🔸And most importantly, how will this help them in their academic and personal lives?
We can help you answer these questions and more. Just give us a message and we’ll be happy to chat with you about setting up your very own esports program.
There are skills that esports provides better than traditional physical sports....
Learning to play effectively as team members, using critical thinking and effective communication moment-by-moment, strategizing and improvising, honestly assessing their individual skills, performances, and setting tangible, achievable goals - these are what kids gain through participating in esports.
3 Simple Communication Skills for Rocket League Players and Coaches
Thinking about doing Rocket League with your esports team?
Check out this article about communication strategies by STEM Forged instructor, Nathan FitzGerald.
3 Simple Communication Skills for Rocket League Players and Coaches Tips for esports players and coaches. We will talk about communicating during tip off, when centering the ball, and when clearing the ball.
COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES IN ROCKET LEAGUE: Clearing the Ball
Check out STEM Forged instructor, Nate, explain how to clear the ball and gain an advantage on the other team through communication! 🚗
For more Rocket League communication strategies - head to our YouTube channel, or check out our most recent blog post! 🙌🏼
We were lucky to have the president of Gordon Jones with us today to talk about the future of higher education and technology! 🙌🏼
Stay tuned for the video to come out in a few weeks…
Until then, check out this weeks video on YouTube, all about esports and communication!
ESPORTS 101 - Communication Strategy for Rocket League
Wanting some strategies for your esports team?
Check out STEM Forged esports coach, Nate, talk about how to communicate effectively to win your Rocket League match.
ESPORTS 101 - Communication Strategy for Rocket League Watch STEM Forged Esports coach, Nate, walk you through how to have an effective communication strategy in Rocket League.Whether you are a high school esport...
Saying GOODBYE to Toxicity in Esports!
Esports are the perfect extracurricular for middle schools and high schools.
But how do we make sure that kids aren't immersing themselves in to something that has the reputation of being toxic?
The answer is a good program (maybe one like ours), SEL woven into the curriculum, and coaches who live and breathe what they're doing.
Saying GOODBYE to Toxicity in Esports! Listen to STEM Forged staff (Grant, Ashley, Nik, and Cole) talk about how to keep toxicity out of your esports program!Esports are the perfect extracurricula...
Technology isn't a cure-all. When technology is being used responsibly in the classroom it can lead to better learning outcomes. When its not used responsibly it will detract from learning outcomes... It can't be just for fun. It can't be undefined. It c
Technology isn't a cure-all.
When technology is being used responsibly in the classroom it can lead to better learning outcomes.
When its not used responsibly it will detract from learning outcomes...
It can't be just for fun.
It can't be undefined.
It can't unstructured.
It must be goal-oriented.
It must be safe.
It must be purposeful.
Check out this video of one of our STEM Forged game design classrooms using technology to gain confidence and create purposeful educational experiences while having fun!
It's not just the interest of young people that is driving esports in high schools...
It's also the recognition of esports in college.
There is around 15 million dollars worth of scholarships being awarded for esports. 😳
How is esports different than other collegiate or professional sports? And why would a college be willing to invest money into starting an esports program, funding scholarships, or investing in an arena?
Well, why would they invest in a football stadium? A basketball court?
All sports, from an organizational standpoint really only have value if it has viewership.
Yes, the students and the athletes gain personal character-building qualities through participating, but the organizations that are hosting and participating in the sports leagues can only continue doing so with the support of the interested viewers.
And with esports having the FASTEST and LARGEST viewership, it's only an obvious next step to create official esports competitive programs! 🎮
Why are esports becoming more popular in schools?
Why are esports becoming more popular in schools?
Check out our newest blog post to find out why.
Why are esports becoming more popular in schools? Esports teams are a growing trend in high schools across the country. What are esports? Esports are organized video game competitions that are typically played between professional gamers. Here are a few reasons why they are becoming more popular in middle schools and high schools.
Game Design #2 - Item Pickup and Scoring
Learn game design in BlocksmithXR with David, one of our awesome remote instructors!
Considering implementing game design in your school? Check out our website - www.stemforged.com
Game Design #2 - Item Pickup and Scoring Learn video game design! In this video, we're learning all about item pickup and increasing or decreasing your score with variables in Blocksmith to create a...
Students love the idea of game design. 🎮
What most of them don't know is; game design is one of the best interdisciplinary fields out there!
Students in our programs are exposed to a variety of topics that they will need to use to create a complete game, including 3D modeling, animation, and programming.
Did we mention that every program is custom?
We can lean more heavily into any topic to fit the learning objectives you need, and deliver a learning experience that your students will love! 👨🏫
Why You Should Learn GAME DESIGN for College and Career Prep
Game Design is the perfect interdisciplinary STEM topic, and learning game design will prepare you for careers in ANY industry.
Listen to STEM Forged staff (Grant, Ashley, Nik, and Cole) talk about why game design is such an effective tool for learning. As well as how it's impacted our own career choices throughout the years.
Want to get a game design program in your school?? Talk to us and get a demo. www.stemforged.com
Why You Should Learn GAME DESIGN for College and Career Prep Game Design is the perfect interdisciplinary STEM topic, and learning game design will prepare you for careers in ANY industry. Listen to STEM Forged staff (...
Game Design #1 - Spawner, Trigger Boxes, and Navigation for Boss Fight
Learn Game Design with Ashley using BlocksmithXR!
Build an awesome Boss using spawners, trigger boxes, and navigation.
Game Design #1 - Spawner, Trigger Boxes, and Navigation for Boss Fight Learn video game design! In this video, we're learning all about spawners, trigger boxes, and navigation in Blocksmith to create an awesome boss to fight in ...
MEET THE INSTRUCTOR - David 💪🏼
David is one of our brand new instructors ready to take on private lessons!
He is well versed in many areas of video game design, but has a sweet spot for retro styles! 👾
Book a private lesson with David on our website today. 🙌🏼
Meet Izzy! One of our brand new instructors at STEM Forged. 🔥
Izzy is a Blocksmith wizard and a lover of all art forms. She is a super fun teacher and can get her students excited about anything!
Book a 1-on-1 with Izzy! 💪🏼
Last months art challenge was so fun! 🙌🏼
The challenge was to build a chimera. Here’s a couple that were made!
1- Cole’s angler fish / deer
2- Ashley’s hummingbird / dachshund
3- Nik’s crab/ram
Join this month’s art challenge! We meet every Tuesday at 5:00pm MST. $8/week!
Geeko Labs is a program that allows their students to become confident, creative, and curious through their love for STEM. We teach our students in a social setting alongside other like-minded peers with project-based mentoring.
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