Activision Blizzard joins education organization

Call of Duty maker takes up White House's Educate to Innovate call by joining science, technology, engineering, and math-promoting coalition.

President Barack Obama rolled out his Educate to Innovate initiative last week and in the process announced a number of game-design grants to help promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competencies among the country's youth. Private companies have also taken up the White House's education initiative, with Activision Blizzard announcing today that it has joined the Change the Equation philanthropic organization.

Activision Blizzard hopes to level up kids' real-world skills, too.

A 100-member coalition, Change the Equation was founded by former Intel CEO Craig Barrett, Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, Eastman Kodak CEO Antonio Perez, and Sally Ride Science CEO Sally Ride. The executive quintet was aided by financial backing from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Calling itself a "non-partisan CEO-led" group, Change the Equation's stated goal is to "solve America's innovation problem." Aiming to accomplish this objective through private and philanthropic means, the organization promotes improving STEM teaching at all grade levels, with an emphasis on cultivating a larger, more racially, ethnically, and gender-diverse pool of teachers.

The coalition also hopes to increase interest in STEM programs among the youth, primarily among women and minorities. Further, Change the Equation hopes to cement its contributions by creating a prolonged commitment to STEM fields at the corporate and governmental levels.

Activision Blizzard isn't the only gaming company to be a member of Change the Equation. Xbox 360 maker Microsoft is also a member of the organization, as is Gears of War creator Epic Games. A full list of member companies is available on the Change the Equation Web site.

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65 comments
6h05tly
6h05tly

@Darth_Nater307: I haven't played any of the publisher's games since 2007. Activision's Anonymous? That's my best description regarding my sobriety from the company's mediocrity :P

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

STEM Armor: Grants the wearer an additional [(2x^2 + 6y -3) = 0] INT

BigStik
BigStik

"Kids, the answer to life is: aim for the head."

davros878
davros878

This really doesn't make much sense. To me it sounds like an over-blown introduction of some horrible education games. And correct me if i'm wrong, because this article is a little confusing, are they going to sell teaching video games to adult teachers? That's nuts!

organbank
organbank

If it helps me to develop a business model to sell crack to kids better I'm all on board.

BlackSquare
BlackSquare

"Change the Equation's stated goal is to 'solve America's innovation problem.'" The problem is we can't afford to innovation with all the regulations. And even if we some how do the government will take the little money you do make.

BigStik
BigStik

too late, im already learning maths from playing geometry wars. i have learnt that if the quadrilaterals a blue, green or pink, they are trying to kill you.

Ghoulish_Visage
Ghoulish_Visage

Yearly instalments of Maths Hero and Call of Geography incoming. With $10 DLC on launch.

ptown58
ptown58

"The War On Kids" is a great documentary, read up on how big Corp is trying to buy/weasel into education to spew out widgets not free thinkers.

enix165
enix165

o_o Man, just as I'm getting out of school it starts to get fun!

Mephers
Mephers

PR stunt. Nothing more nothing less. As greedy and soulless as they've been lately even THEY have to be feeling the hate that is focused on them. They are just trying to turn some of that around, they dont really care. They just want you to keep buying their rip off games.

ChoiMein
ChoiMein

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hashCode
hashCode

give scholarships to Starcraft progamers imo

publicgamer
publicgamer

@thevgamer this has nothing to do with that. this is about bringing science, technology, engineering and math into a spotlight within the class rooms. will it actually happen and will anything really come from this? probably not, but feel free to take your off topic rant about people banning mature games somewhere else. if you live where games with M are banned, move somewhere else.

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

I think their strategy is this: Many European countries and idiots at White house want to ban mature games. Many parents are pissed of. So we'll make a kids-friendly game, pack it into a MMO or whatever and that will make parents want to buy this game for their little Johnny.

nevryn
nevryn

While yes this is probably a major publicity stunt, it does have some merit. Video games tend to get a really bad rap by politicians and the public. Almost all research is focused on the negative aspects (addiction, violence, poor grades), however, given the focus toward youth, it could be a major benefit. Already, some research shows increases in reaction speed and coordination by some of the FPSes and a number of different genres are showing improvements in critical thinking skills (what we try to teach students in college). Further research could indicate the best way to improve these skills and still keep the games fun.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Hell yeah another milking IP(s)... Call Of Duty 101... :)

mauro_rubens
mauro_rubens

Huh? I hope that doesn't change my way of living. LOL.

mauro_rubens
mauro_rubens

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mauro_rubens
mauro_rubens

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yaba
yaba

Ok, I'm game. Pun intended.

XxeviltedizXx
XxeviltedizXx

educational ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Fz1994
Fz1994

WoW educational version XD...

Sharhan96
Sharhan96

no. games keep our minds off the real world while playing.take that out and we have a problem......

OGKNav
OGKNav

Merge with Activision, attack the kids, huh?

monson21502
monson21502

i bet kotick got robbed of his milk money in school and came up with this evil plan to milk the board of education:shock:

tommygun6644
tommygun6644

WoW as it stands is pretty good for vocabulary. Previously, I had never heard of contagion.

wolfyrabbit
wolfyrabbit

lol ya they should, d2, sc1 and 2 , and wow did a lot of damage to me in terms of education

super600
super600

I would like to applaud Activision for their decision, but what they did is kinda suspicious. I think Blizzard signed up to actually help out. My other theory is that Activision/Blizzard signed up to get more peoople to play their games because they know people are starting to boycott their games.

SopranosFan
SopranosFan

They must have tied Kotick up for this decision. Anything Activision does that doesn't imediately make Kotick money seems out of place for Activision.

Moloch121
Moloch121

I think it was Blizzard's idea to help Activision could care less.

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

"Activision Blizzard hopes to level up kids' real-world skills, too." Photocaption made me lol. :) Its odd seeing Activision, a very profit and money-oriented company, become a part of something like this. It's still good... right?

monson21502
monson21502

prolly the biggest game that causes kids to skip school or parents staying up to late to wake their kids up for school.

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

Activision educating this generation of children???? Imagine how messed up the world will be in 30 years.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Next up, Call of Duty: For kids! Spray each other with water guns while throwing a giant slumber party! Set a surprise birthday bomb that shoots out confetti! And if you buy now, it comes with CALL OF DUTY EXTREME GORE EDITION!

Dmg051793
Dmg051793

HEY LET'S ALL BUY THE STARCRAFT II CUTSCENES FOR $30... yeah..... right.

firehawk998
firehawk998

And in other news Micheal Vick today opened his Homeless Shelter for the Dogs.

Miroku32
Miroku32

First lesson: how to rip off people. Second lesson: how to win money at the expense of the normal people. Third lesson: be an idiot like Kotick.

Faeton
Faeton

Come to think of it, school is a pretty big timesink. Maybe they can make a difference after all

ecs33
ecs33

The problem? LIBERAL PARENTING! I was raised by a hard*** father, and I excelled in school and am doing quite well right out of college. This is not because I am smart, but because I am driven. If I was raised by parents who told me that I am OK for all of my problems, I would have never been as driven as I became.

raingiver
raingiver

The US has been falling behind globally in terms of scientific innovation for a number of years. Recent budget problems have forced school systems to slash budgets, cutting teachers and programs nationwide, which will inevitably have long term consequences related to producing a scientifically competitive community. As much as I don't like Activision's business practices when it comes to frequently released rehashes of their cash-cow games, I applaud them for contributing to a cause like this. Programs like these are important and they need to be funded from somewhere, so I'm happy to see that at least some portion of all the money they milk out of the gaming community is going to something relevant.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

@ Gliave Your statement combined with your Avatar made me lol

RavenLoud
RavenLoud

Looks like Bobby is determined to spread Fear, pessimism and skeptism into the next generation.

svaubel
svaubel

Activision and education? I dont see how those two can fit in the same sentence. Next up: Math Hero, History Hero, Science Hero.... and every month a new edition follows.

y0ur_grandma
y0ur_grandma

In Soviet Union, education organization joins Activision Blizzard!