Valve Extends Educational Support for iD Tech

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  1. Pikminiman

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    Back in June 2012, Valve first announced “Teaching With Portals,” which was part of a U.S. Department of Education initiative to push electronic teaching methods into schools. Among the DoED’s partners for this endeavor was Valve (then called Valve Software), who offered up Portal 2 and its puzzle creator/editor to help practically illustrate parabolic and harmonic motion.

    Though it isn’t directly related to the “Teaching With Portals” initiative, Valve have also had a hand in supporting iD Tech (no affiliation with iD Software), “the leading summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program for ages 7-18 held at over 80 universities nationwide.” The program uses example and project-based learning to help students understand firsthand how a hobby such as gaming can manifest in the real world as a career in design or production.

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    About iD Tech, as per a press email from Doug Lombardi:
    You can visit the iD Tech website by clicking here. As always, we’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date with all of Valve’s latest pursuits, both educational and recreational.
     
  2. Skyace65

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    I went to the camp over the summer, it was great, everyone played TF2 whenever we had a break.

    Also i got a Valve/Steam lanyard which was awesome
     
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    Interesting. I'm still interested to see if Valve will pursue that whole "Steam in Schools" intiative they started with Portal 2 by adding more games. Team Fortress 2 could teach kids about the fundamentals of economics and Dota 2 could help them learn multiple languages.
     
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  4. Pikminiman

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    This is one of those forum posts where I very seriously cannot tell if it's meant as a 100% serious post, or if it's a joke. I get the feeling it's a bit of both. Either way, I lol'd.
     
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    And remember, Half-Life teaches the ultimate life lesson: disappointment.
     
  6. User With No Name

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    More or less a joke. While I'm sure Valve could figure out a way for TF2 to teach basic economic skills, the most language learning you'll probably get out of Dota 2 is the word cyka.
    (Cyka is russian for Bitch)
    Still, it's fulfilling to know I mastered the art of subtlety!
     
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    Why US only ? ;_____; AND Y U SO EXPENSIV ???? ;_______________________;









    I guess I have to stay in my basement LAIR of shameful HL fan- stories, concept arts and OTPs, and try not to burn my whole house trying to modify my PC, so it could handle SFM without crashing. Hip, hip, hooray for nerd-ism !

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