30 Jun 2016 |
World innovation news |
Information and Communications Technologies
Learning Through Video Games to Counter the Local School Dropout Rate
In November 2015, the video game studio Ubisoft Montreal announced the launch of its CODEX program – to receive $8 million in funding over 5 years – designed to promote student retention in Quebec, and learning through video games.
On May 9, Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto, gave a lecture at the Canadian Club of Montreal, in which he stressed the importance of training the skilled workers of tomorrow in order to address various issues such as the retirement of baby-boomers, the shortage of skilled labor, and the emergence of new professions arising from technological changes.
Leveraging its mastery of the creative process and its technological expertise, Ubisoft Montreal has implemented 13 initiatives targeting all school levels (elementary, high school, CEGEP and university), in partnership with 18 organizations, including the École de technologie supérieure de Montréal. Click here to find out more about the various initiatives developed for each level.
The idea is to use the fascination of young minds towards technology, and video games, to encourage them to discover the inner workings of this industry and promote learning. Through exploration of the various stages of creating a video game, they will learn how to code, and to assimilate mathematical and logical data associated with the process. In addition to coordinating the various projects, in partnership with teachers and non-profit organizations, Ubisoft’s own employees will share their knowledge and give over 1000 hours of support as experts, mentors, or ambassadors to the participants.
The announced funding of $8 million over 5 years will also finance university scholarships, training, and internships. This is a true example of a collaborative approach for local economic development!