Independent video game developer and publisher, Psyonix, and iD Tech, the leading educational STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) summer program, unveiled today plans to incorporate the eSports sensation Rocket League into more than 130 summer camps across 30 states in the U.S.
Throughout the summer, more than 50,000 students ages 6-18 will attend iD Tech STEM programs on prestigious campuses such as Stanford, UC San Diego, Rice, Caltech, Yale, and Princeton, and many others nationwide. They’ll design video games, learn programming, code apps, build robots, solve engineering challenges, model in 3D, and create hands-on tech projects. Rocket League was selected as the primary pre-teens (ages 10-12) game for iD Tech Camps competitions. This smash sports-action hit will also be used by all iD Tech students during non-instructional time, at night, during weekends, and for those participating in the Ultimate Gaming Weekends.
“Our task force team unanimously chose Rocket League because it’s challenging and entertaining with that fun, eSports feel,” said Pete Ingram-Cauchi, CEO, iD Tech. “Having an E-rated game is also a big selling point because it’s age appropriate and fun for all kids.”
“We were immediately excited by the prospect of being included in the popular iD Tech programs,” said Jeremy Dunham, Vice President, Psyonix. “We believe in their vision and we love their programs, but we also know that Rocket League’s accessibility will give sports fans and non-sports fans alike the chance to compete in a game that’s unique and different than anything else.”
In addition to Rocket League, iD Tech incorporates a number of popular games such as Minecraft, Torchlight II, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and others.
Founded in 1999 by Alexa Ingram-Cauchi and her mother, Kathryn Ingram, iD Tech lets students discover their passions, develop new tech skills, complete a tech project, and gain a competitive advantage. It prepares students for the booming technical job market, delivering innovative, hands-on STEM courses in a fun summer camp environment. Students learn in small class sizes with only eight students per instructor for more personalized learning. Additionally, they build key 21st century skills like problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and innovation. Balanced fun is also important so campers can spend time competing in gaming tournaments and playing popular games like RocketLeague.
Winner or nominee of more than 100 game of the year awards, Rocket League is one of the most critically-acclaimed games of 2015. Boasting a community of more than 13 million players, Rocket League is a high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem that offers easy-to-understand controls and fluid, physics-driven competition. Available digitally on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC via Steam, Rocket League includes more than 100 billion possible customization combinations, a fully-featured offline season mode, multiple game types, casual and competitive online matches, and special “Mutators” that let you change the rules entirely.