Burleson ISD is proud to partner with Microsoft to host the Inaugural BISD eSports Tournament on Feb. 9, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Tournament will take place at The REALM @ Kerr Middle School and will showcase student technology skills. eSports, as a group, have quickly developed into one of the most advanced technological industries, and there are several opportunities in the public, private, and military sectors for graduates with the technological skills developed by playing eSports. As a result, there are a multitude of varsity eSports teams competing nationally at the college level, including in the DFW Metroplex. All of these teams offer scholarships to high school students who seek to pursue degrees in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) subjects that may be applied to the public, private and military sectors.
To prepare BISD students for these opportunities, Burleson ISD has created “THE REALM,” a gaming school that employs a Rigorous Educational Arcade Learning Model. This school offers students a blended learning environment that applies game-based learning theory to its curriculum and instruction. Various elements of instruction are translated into gaming applications, or “gamified,” to peak student interest as they master a rigorous, individualized curriculum requiring critical thinking and problem-solving skills in order to advance or “level up.” Workshops, games, and quests are advanced and accelerated at student-pace to keep students engaged and motivated. All students in The REALM take coding classes and complete a capstone project that results in the design of their own game or APP.
For more information about the eSports Tournament, please see our website at this link: https://sites.google.com/bisdmail.net/esports/home.
To sign up for the eSports Tournament, please use this link: https://goo.gl/forms/5RBlhoNKEJAm4NSn2.