Tennessee State University (TSU) in conjunction with the Historically Black College and University’s (HBC) are launching a new program to attract underrepresented students who want to learn coding, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, as well as gaming and esports. Assistant VP of the SMART Innovation Technology Center at TSU, Dr. Robbie Melton, says the purpose of the program is to bring video gaming into the University’s curriculum.
“We want them (students) to know that they can be gamers and also game makers, so we’re going to introduce game design, basic coding skills, as well as virtual and augmented reality,” said Melton. “Our goal is to take them from playing, into the world of coding.”
More than 30 students took part in the first academic event, the Academic Esports Center Summer Community Camp, which included virtual panels with pro players, coding lessons, game design, and virtual reality applications.
The University will be opening an Academic Esports Center on campus this fall, which will be overseen by the SMART Innovation Technology Center.