eSports in Virginia

SVRTC met for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at Nottoway High School and attracted 22 members from 14 school divisions (Amelia, Buckingham, Brunswick, Cumberland, Danville, Franklin City, Greensville, Prince Edward, Prince George, Hopewell City, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Sussex). Melissa Hanes, Buckingham County, organized the professional development for the meeting to be presented by Randy Fisher, from Louisa County Public Schools, on their eSports program.

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SVRTC members listen and ask questions to Mr. Fisher about Louisa County Public Schools eSports teams.

Mr. Fisher joined the SVRTC meeting virtually and provided an overview of how Louisa County school division is running eSports with their students. He explained the county currently is engaging their students in competing in League of Legends, Rocket League, and Smite eSports games. Mr. Fisher explained League of Legends and Smite require each team to have five members and Rocket League requires only three members on each team. Currently, Louisa runs two teams for both League of Legends and Smite and three teams for Rocket League.

In addition to the team members, Mr. Fisher added that teams can have up to two subs per team and one coach. The teams meet three days per week for practice. Team members for the eSports were selected by completing an application with the proper paperwork, agreeing to dedicate their time to the sport. There were over one hundred students that were interested in joining.

Mr. Fisher also explained the technology recommendations that would work with all the games, including the existing computer labs that were transformed to use for the eSports. In addition to the twenty computers in the eSports lab, the teams can utilize ten computers in the lab next door which is very beneficial at times for the players/teams.

Currently, there are seventeen schools from Virginia that are competing in the Virginia High School League (VHSL). There is a charge of $64.00 per player to compete. Currently Louisa schools is paying for the students through their Athletics department.

Sussex Central High School Celebrates Computer Science Education Week

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In computing and technology careers, greater inclusion lifts individual futures and entire communities. Yet many groups are underrepresented. Too many voices and their winning ideas go unheard. Unquestionably, the will for change exists, but turning awareness into outcomes requires strategies for action. From the classroom to the boardroom, the superintendent’s office to the tech labs, Sussex Central High School (SCHS) wanted to expose students to evidence-based methodologies, and collaborative peer communities that could help build possibility, develop potential, and create lasting change.

This was the year of action at SCHS as they celebrated Computer Science (CS) Education Week with and an Hour of Code Fair. The event had several CS guests who came to share including: CodeVA, VSU Computer Science Department, Counselors4Computing Group, SCHS Robotics Team, SCHS Programming Class and a host of volunteers. The event provided a way to foster awareness of CS for all students.

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