The Foundation team is honored to announce the 1st Annual Globaloria Civics Games Competition in partnership with OurCourts.org and its founder, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. In an effort to address the very real gap in civics education in the US, several Globaloria-WV schools have been focusing their games on civics, exploring topics such as freedom of speech, poverty in America and the right to bear arms. The competition will give students an opportunity to submit their civics games and present to a panel of distinguished judges (including Justice O’Connor and the WV Governor) to compete for exciting prizes. In a special message sent to all Globaloria-WV students on September 23, Justice O’Connor wrote: “I applaud you and your Globaloria classmates for your willingness to become game-making pioneers and civic leaders for your generation. I look forward to playing your games!”
Globaloria students at Liberty High School in Raleigh County were excited about the launch of a high-speed broadband network and welcomed the First Lady into their classroom on September 14, to share their projects at the start of a new Globaloria year. Liberty High School and their teacher Mrs. Tracy Halsey joined the Globaloria-WV network this fall and have already emerged as community leaders with dynamic and thoughtful wikis and blogs. “It was truly amazing to see how far these students have come in such a short time," said First Lady Gayle Manchin. "This shows that Globaloria is a very healthy and natural ingredient in our school system. The students told me that they really care about their projects and I saw firsthand their engagement and enthusiasm!”
On September 30th, Idit Harel Caperton was invited to IIC at the Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to present a keynote lecture entitled, Social Networks + Game Making: Rethinking Education to faculty, scientists and students. The IIC brings together field-leaders from all departments to exchange ideas and inspire the next generation of students to be creative and computationally-capable scientists.