EDUCATION + SCHOOLS

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.

 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Education + Schools

Image of the Scott M. Matheson courthouse in Salt Lake City, utah seeks to dismiss voucher lawsuit...

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com

Utah seeking to dismiss Utah Education Association voucher lawsuit

The state's largest teachers union in May filed a lawsuit challenging the recently implemented Utah Fits All voucher program.

2 hours ago

An image of Haven Bay elementary school, still under construction....

Emma Keddington

Two Weber County schools may not open in time for upcoming school year

Two Weber County schools, West Field High School and Haven Bay Elementary are still in a construction phase. School starts August 21.

1 day ago

former Utah State Aggies head coach Blake Anderson...

CHANDLER HOLT, KSL Sports

Blake Anderson’s representation releases part off response to Utah State University

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah State football head coach Blake Anderson’s legal team released parts of his 70-page response to Utah State University. Anderson’s representation, Mars Law Firm, posted excerpts from the response to social media. Excerpts from Coach Blake Anderson’s 70-page response to USU’s termination letter. ⬇️ Full response to follow with attached exhibits, […]

5 days ago

long covid clinic patient in utah...

Adam Small

U of U long COVID clinic shares findings after three years of seeing patients

The Long COVID Clinic in Utah has treated more than 3,000 patients over the last three years according to the clinic's medical director.

6 days ago

BYU Professor Bryan Hopkins talks with his students on a turf grass research plot on BYU campus....

Allessandra Harris Gurr

LISTEN: BYU professor helps to lift ban on hybrid Bermudagrass in Utah

Hybrid Bermudagrass, long banned for its relation to the noxious common Bermudagrass, could be a game changer for water conservation.

6 days ago

former Utah State Aggies head coach Blake Anderson...

Aimee Cobabe

Head football coach at USU officially responds to firing over Title IX policy

Football coach's written response, provided after accusations of impropriety related to Title IX, is reportedly 70 pages long.

8 days ago

Sponsored Articles

A young woman smiles while reading the menu at a lakeside restaurant, enjoying the panoramic view o...

Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau

The best restaurants to try in Bear Lake

Save this guide to the best restaurants in Bear Lake when you need to find a place to dine during your next visit.

Female leg stepping on weigh scales. Healthy lifestyle, food and sport concept....

Health Utah

Sustainable weight loss: the science-backed way to achieve it

Learn more about Debbie's weight loss journey with Health Utah, who have a unique weight loss philosophy for success.

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...

Comcast

Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

Fortnite creator advocating for virtual education opportunities in Utah