Esports Enrichment Program

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Inspired by the tremendous success of our innovative GameXPloration gallery, where guests explore the intersection between play and learning, the Saint Louis Science Center is excited to launch our newest experience where we explore the world of Esports. Join us on this journey as we explore educational, career, and play opportunities in the esports industry.

Did you know many of the world’s leading professionals in science and technology trace their interest and aptitude for their fields back to gaming? This unique virtual experience provides kids ages 10 to 18 with the chance to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) through the online games they love. The program combines the chance for participants to enhance their playing abilities in a secure online environment with the opportunity to hear from STEAM industry professionals about potential future career paths inspired by a passion for gaming.

Program Information

The Esports Enrichment Program will be available in two parts. We will have one part as a virtual camp, the other as a school program.

More details coming soon, dates and times subject to change!

Virtual Camps

  • 6 week program
    • Thursday Evening: STEAM seminars from industry professionals, 60 to 90 minutes
    • Saturday Afternoon: One-on-one instruction from top gaming coaches, 4 hours

School Programs

This is a 3-week module that will be done virtually 60 to 90 minutes after school. There are 4 Pods with 3 modules in each one.

  • Pod 1 – Technology, Coding, Game Development
  • Pod 2 – Media & Event Production
  • Pod 3 – Human Connection [Biology & Psychology]
  • Pod 4 – Art

What are esports?

Esports are a form of competition using video games. Over the past few years, the esports industry has grown tremendously, selling out arenas, generating millions of views on streaming networks and offering players from all backgrounds an opportunity to succeed on a professional level. In addition, top universities are recruiting gamers for esports programs at the collegiate level.

Why esports?

The Science Center recognizes the benefits that esports offer kids, including social growth, cognitive improvement, problem solving and critical thinking, and enhanced motor skills. Additionally, esports bring together a variety of diverse players from all backgrounds and ages, offering a level playing field where skill is not directly correlated with age. The esports field utilizes many 21st century skills, offering a unique ability to connect multiple disciplines across STEAM career fields from computer science and game design to engineering and healthcare.


Upcoming Competitions

November
  • Free event!
  • Games TBD
December – January
  • Braggin’ Rights Series
  • Each day is a different esports game.
  • Awards available

More details to be available soon, subject to change.

Local Involvement

There are many local educational institutions that have esports programs available! Listed below are some of those institutions.

High schools
  • Vianney
  • CBC
  • Chaminade
  • Notre Dame
  • Affton
  • Francis Howell Central
  • Francis Howell North
  • Ferguson-Florissant School District
  • Confluence Prep Academy
University / Colleges
  • Maryville University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Mizzou
  • Fontbonne
  • Columbia College
  • SIUE
  • Lindenwood
Questions

Do you have questions about the Esports Enrichment Program? Do you need more information? Reach out to our Esports team and they will respond with the answers you need.

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