19 March 2019

Students raise their game for eSports challenge

Creative students from the Coleshill School have scooped an impressive third place in the Digital Schoolhouse Esports regional qualifying tournament at Staffordshire University. This week will see other teams from the academy battling for their place in the quarter finals.

The Digital Schoolhouse, powered by PlayStation’s National eSports tournament, aims to engage and inspire students with careers and opportunities within the games, esports and creative industries, using play-based learning to engage the next generation of students and teachers with the new computing curriculum.  The idea is to bridge the gap between industry and education to prepare the next generation for a digital age.

The Digital Schoolhouse eSports Tournament started in January 2018 with 20 schools taking part and an estimated reach of 1500-2000 students.  Many teams from the Coleshill School took part in event and ‘Social Construct’ went through to the regional qualifiers.

Lisa Cooper, teacher of computing, said:

The team played at a very high standard, against very strong competition and came third.  We also had our sixth form student, Taylor Howe, take part in shout casting which was streamed live in a professional online broadcast.  He did a brilliant job!  This was a fantastic day for our students taking part in a national competition and they enjoyed the whole experience of the eSports Challenge. This week will see the last couple of teams battling for their place in the quarter finals.  We have pupils from year 9 through to year 12 who will be competing for a place in the final few rounds.”

Thousands of children across Warwickshire are enjoying a head start in digital skills thanks to the groundbreaking Digital Schoolhouse programme. The initiative, delivered by the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE), is backed by Warwickshire County Council, along with industry leaders PlayStation, Sega and Ubisoft.  It offers computing and digital skills training to secondary school teachers which they then pass on to local primary school staff and children. The focus is very much on fun-based learning with a range of inventive ways to engage youngsters in the subject.