UTAH

Fortnite creator advocating for virtual education opportunities in Utah

Mar 21, 2022, 12:59 PM | Updated: 3:45 pm
Computer Lab with Fortnite on multiple screens...
Presentation held by Epic Games staff on possible education benefits.

KAYSVILLE, Utah — Epic Games is trying to connect with teachers to show them how they can implement video games, like Fortnite, into their everyday classrooms.

The company held a 35-hour course for Utah teachers to demonstrate the benefits of educational opportunities within the video game. The meeting was held in the Davis Catalyst Center in Kaysville, Utah.

The Davis Catalyst Center is a magnet school, connecting high school students with industry leaders in high-demand career fields. Epic Games and Fortnite are looking to use their Unreal Engine to boost both student relations and curriculums.

Besides obvious coding and engineering-related skills, Fortnite’s creative mode provides an interesting presentation alternative for teachers.

Davis School District Computer Science Instructor Derrek Bitner agreed.

“What if we could do a lesson on Martin Luther King Jr. on Fortnite? What if we could do a lesson on object-oriented programming except we are going to do it running down the hallway of a haunted mansion? It’s the same concepts, just a new way to do them,” Bitner said.

“It’s like they’re using a tool like that to create an experience that is much more engaging and immersive than a PowerPoint and they know it as well or better than PowerPoint,” said Epic Games Education Program Manager Steven Isaacs.

Epic Games and Fortnite have done an excellent job of expanding on operations and company missions. A once small-scale company has reached markets they couldn’t have dreamed of just years ago. Examples include competitive gaming, virtual fashion, and now education.

 

Today’s Top Stories

Utah

The children were taken by a babysitter and believed to be in danger. 
Photo: Napa PD...
Amie Schaeffer

Idaho Amber Alert out for two children, police suspect babysitter

The two children were abducted by their babysitter, Sierra Martinez 20 from Napa, Idaho.
9 hours ago
winds may be to blame paraglider9-year-old boy taser swat dog dynamite evacuation shoplifter injury...
Mark Jones

Kearns woman killed in a two-vehicle accident in Idaho

A two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Idaho killed a woman from Kearns.
1 day ago
The Salt Lake City Fire Department responded to an apartment fire at 761 South 300 East. The fire w...
Mark Jones

Residents of four Salt Lake City apartments displaced by fire

An apartment fire Sunday in Salt Lake City displaced 10-12 individuals. While the fire was contained to one apartment, three other apartments suffered damaged in efforts to put the fire out.
1 day ago
Photo credit: Iron County Search and Rescue team Facebook page....
Mark Jones

Iron County Search and Rescue safely rescue injured mountain biker

An injured mountain biker was rescued Saturday morning by the Iron County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team off of Bolder Dash Trail, which is part of the Southview Trailhead.
1 day ago
A crowd gathers in front of the Utah State Capitol on Friday, June 24, 2022, to protest the U.S. Su...
Waverly Golden

Planned Parenthood of Utah files lawsuit against the state

Utah's Trigger Law saw its first challenge on Saturday as Planned Parenthood of Utah filed a lawsuit to block the law that went into effect Friday evening.
1 day ago
Image of the fatal crash in San Juan County (Photo courtesy of Utah Department of Public Safety)...
Chandler Holt

San Juan county crash leaves one dead, one injured

Police responded to reports of a crash on SR-162 near Montezuma Creek at around 5 p.m. on Saturday. One of the vehicles crossed the center line of the highway, causing the head-on collision.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Fortnite creator advocating for virtual education opportunities in Utah