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ESA Foundation Announces Education Challenge Grant Winners

Grant Promotes Innovative Classroom Use of Computer and Video Game Technology

July 30, 2013 – WASHINGTON, DC – The Entertainment Software Association Foundation (ESAF) today named three schools in California, Colorado, and Pennsylvania as recipients of its 2013 Education Challenge Grant. East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy in Los Angeles, Calif.; STRIVE Prep High School – Highland Campus in Denver, Colo.; and Albert Schweitzer Elementary School in Levittown, Penn. will receive funding to support their use of computer and video game technology to enhance classroom learning.

“By leveraging the engaging and interactive nature of video games, this year’s Education Challenge Grant winners will cultivate richer learning environments that capture students’ interest and imagination,” said Jenny Lai, vice president of ESAF. “We are proud to support these schools as they prepare the next generation of leaders and innovators for success in today’s digitally advanced global economy.”

A blue-ribbon panel of judges selected the grant winners, choosing schools based on the creativity of their proposals to use computer and video games to strengthen existing curricula.

Now in its second year, the Education Challenge Grant is offered in collaboration with the Federation of American Scientists, the Association for Middle Level Education, and The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. The grant is part of ESAF’s efforts to leverage the power of computer and video games to create positive educational outcomes for children across America. 

2013 ESA Foundation Education Challenge Grant Recipients

  • East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy
    Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
    Project Title: Urban Planning & Design Through SimCity
    Using SimCity, this urban planning and design-focused school will provide students with an interactive simulation of an urban planner’s day-to-day work, and will require them to create videos and write blogs about the virtual cities they create.

  • STRIVE Prep High School (Highland Campus)
    Location: Denver, Colo.
    Project Title: Behind the Scenes with The Sims
    Latino and African American students will learn computer programming and graphic design by exploring The Sims and will use Scratch and App Inventor to create their own games, with the goal of encouraging them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields.

  • Albert Schweitzer Elementary School
    Location: Levittown, Penn.
    Project Title: Primary Life Skills and Technology
    Students with developmental disabilities will improve their reading, writing, math, communication, and social skills using Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox, as well as the SMART Table® and SMART Board.

Created by the American entertainment software industry, the ESA Foundation (ESAF) works to make a positive difference in the lives of America’s youth by providing scholarships to the next generation of industry innovators and supporting organizations that leverage entertainment software and technology to create educational opportunities. ESAF is primarily supported by proceeds from its signature annual fundraiser, “Nite to Unite – for Kids” and other charitable initiatives. For more information about ESAF, please visit or on Twitter: @ESA Foundation.


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