On Wednesday 13th March 2019 a team of students from The Coleshill School took part in the Digital Schoolhouse Esports regional qualifying tournament at Staffordshire University.
The Digital Schoolhouse, powered by PlayStations National Esports Tournament, is designed to engage and inspire students with careers and opportunities within the games, esports and creative industries, it uses play-based learning to engage the next generation of students and teachers with the new computing curriculum. The aim 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 the school tournament and team ‘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 fantastic 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!
Thousands of primary school children across Warwickshire are enjoying a head start in digital skills thanks to the groundbreaking Digital Schoolhouse programme.
Digital Schoolhouse is running in four secondary schools in the county – Campion School, Kineton High School, The Coleshill School and King Edward VI School, Stratford – and there is scope for more to join.
The programme, delivered by the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE), is backed 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.
Miss Cooper, Teacher of Computing commented “Our team came 3rd overall in the Regional qualifying tournament, they played brilliantly. Next 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 this week.”