High School Esports
HS esports League
In 2018, Orange County high schools launched a regional competitive Esports league. The goal of our project is to document possible connections to socio-emotional learning, teamsmanship, STEM learning, and school engagement among the participants in this league. We also seek to explore ways for young people to participate in competitive Esports that go beyond just team play: event organizing, web development, shoutcasting, game analysis, and other potentially valuable learning experiences.
This project pairs students’ ongoing participation in the league with current academic 9th-12th grade standards by bringing together teachers, curriculum specialists, esports experts, and university researchers to collaboratively develop curricular activities. To ensure instructional innovation, we are developing multiple curriculuma based on recently established aspects of professional esports, including playing for a team, managing events, and broadcasting game play. These practices, having evolved recently, continue to change with the introduction of new games and ways to participate in esports (e.g. through online streaming). Building standards-aligned curriculum paired with a competitive esports league ensures content relevance, student interest, and shared evolution with the esports community.