Play and Learning Through Esports:
OFSEA To Implement Scholastic Esports Programs as it Creates a Provincial NASEF Affiliate
Strong provincial network enables OFSEA to offer significant learning opportunities related to esports while expanding tournament play through the North America Scholastic Esports Federation
Esports are booming, and students in Ontario are excited to not just play the games, but to pursue related careers. To support this thirst for competition and education, the Ontario Federation of School Esports Associations (OFSEA) has just become an affiliate of the North America Scholastic Esports Federation. NASEF will provide free tournaments, programs, curriculum, and expertise to help scholastic esports grow and thrive in Ontario.
NASEF leverages massive student interest in team-based competitive video gaming, offering meaningful career and STEM education alongside tournaments. Students learn about possible career pathways, enter Beyond the Game creative and analytic challenges, manage clubs and events and fundraising, and compete in tournaments in popular titles including but not limited to: Rocket League, League of Legends, Brawlhalla, Pokemon Unite, Knockout City, Chess, and Minecraft, to name a few.
“As a new organization, OFSEA is excited to be partnering with NASEF and the incredible expertise and support they provide in the area of scholastic esports. OFSEA is looking forward to helping schools to further engage students by implementing robust scholastic esports programs across Ontario,” said Daniel Rolo, OFSEA representative.
OFSEA’s vision is to create and foster competitive esports programs through the lens of academics and learning in Ontario middle schools and high schools by providing assistance, organizing tournaments, and presenting information to schools and advisers. NASEF offers a unique focus on diversity with an emphasis on cultivating talents in potentially underserved populations and providing a pathway to college scholarships and careers in the gaming industry.
“Research demonstrates the effectiveness of esports as a tool for meaningful STEM and social-emotional learning,” said Gerald Solomon, founder and executive director of NASEF. “We’re thrilled to have OFSEA in the NASEF family, where educators will be able to learn best practices from other community networks with experience implementing scholastic esports programs. Of course, the students will be thrilled to take part in huge tournaments in popular games. We’re excited to support OFSEA and see the growth across Ontario in the coming years.”
Learn more at the NASEF website or the OFSEA website. Schools across Ontario are invited to join OFSEA and NASEF and tap into their events and resources; contact the OFSEA executive at email@example.com.
About the North America Scholastic Esports Federation
The North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) is on a mission to provide opportunities for all students to use esports as a platform to acquire STEM/STEAM-based skills and critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life. Find NASEF at NASEF.org and on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.