"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 collegiate varsity esports teams competing nationally, 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, Arts (graphic arts), and Math (“STEAM”) subjects that may be applied to the public, private and military sectors.
For more information about the BISD Esports program, please see our website at this link: https://bit.ly/BISDesportshome.
To prepare BISD students for college and career related esports opportunities, Burleson ISD has created REALM Secondary School, a gaming school employing a Rigorous Educational Arcade Learning Model. This school offers students in grade levels 6-12 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.