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. 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.