Project featured in the George Lucas Foundation's Digital Generations Project
The Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program was established by the National Science Foundation in direct response to the concern about shortages of information technology workers in the United States. The ITEST program funds projects that provide opportunities for both school-age children and teachers to build the skills and knowledge needed to advance their study and to function and contribute in a technologically rich society. Our project, Game Design Through Mentoring and Collaboration, is a partnership with McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC and is designed to teach high school students video game design, and in turn, allow mentoring opportunities for these students to teach middle school students. The project incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content, with and emphasis on career and educational paths.