Using E-Sports in a Socially Distant Summer

E-sports in schools is catching on as the popularity continues to grow. Research shows that participation in school activities improves students’ performance and overall well-being. Based on current circumstances with COVID-19 and summer sporting activities and camps being put on pause, that may be set to change for the better.

Esports in schools is on the verge of going mainstream, many would say it’s already become a common extracurricular activity. With summer school and camp programs being cancelled or taken virtually, E-sports is making a large presence to help kids stay not only active this summer, but to feel included with their peers while remaining socially distant.

Here are three ways that E-sports can benefit students from anywhere during the summer months despite activities being cancelled:

  1. Inclusion is Good for Students and the Community

The sense of inclusion gained through participation in E-sports at school can have far-reaching benefits. We know that kids who are involved in school activities are more successful across the board.

2. Students Learn Valuable Skills Playing E-sports

It’s intuitive: team sports teach valuable skills. Many parents encourage their children to participate in a team sport for just this reason. Team sports provide an arena for teaching important lessons and life skills beyond the classroom, E-sports is no exception. Being able to still work on these skills while students are out of organized summer programs is important.

3. Esports in Schools Fosters STEM Learning

Esports and STEM go hand-in-hand. Students who are drawn to gaming are often equally captivated by the broader technology ecosystem.

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