Esports is the newest addition to the Herzlia Innovation Centre’s Entrepreneurship Think Tank, ESTEAM lab, Makerspace, ESTEAM curriculum and extra murals. Esports will expose pupils to new, in-demand career opportunities in the gaming industry and tech world which is expanding at a rapid rate.
Esports is the newest addition to the Herzlia Innovation Centre’s Entrepreneurship Think Tank, ESTEAM lab, Makerspace, ESTEAM curriculum and extra murals.
Michael Vorster, Head of Innovation at United Herzlia Schools says, “this is more than teaching technical skills to future-proof pupils for modern world careers. Esports presents pupils with a chance to learn collaboration, teamwork, communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills while working together as a team and experiencing a sense of belonging.”
Marc Falconer, Herzlia High School Principal, says “we can pretend this gaming world, which is so compelling for our children, is far removed from the classroom and the world of learning; or we can see this as our (and especially their) new reality and look for the educational opportunities, and find ways to engage our pupils in responsible, thoughtful ways that make learning not only possible, but enjoyable, meaningful and constructive.”
Levi Meyer, Grade 8 Herzlia High School, says, “the part about Esports that excites me is working together with your teammates, playing against opponents and, most importantly, getting that win! Rocket League is my favourite Esports game as it is technical and requires a lot of teamwork, and I enjoy progressing and learning from my mistakes.”
“While this is a growing trend in education globally, what is unique at Herzlia is that our goal is to integrate Esports holistically by linking this programme to physical sports and activities where all pupils who participate in Esports will be required to also participate in some form of physical exercise.” explains Shane Brorson, Senior Deputy Principal Herzlia High School and Head of Sport.
Andries van Renssen, UHS Executive Director, adds, “I am delighted to see the enthusiasm and support from both pupils and teachers for this exciting addition to Herzlia’s offering. We are deeply grateful for the financial injection received from the Abrahamson/Fleischmann family to make this project possible.”
Website: United Herzlia Schools
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