Reports by CNET state that a key element in Obama’s new education initiative to help kids learn and gain an interest in computer science is focused on video games. Specifically, Obama has announced a 4 billion dollar plan to help children learn computer science which may involve gaming, according to White House officials. The three-year plan Obama has dubbed “Computer Science for All,” which will give states funding for training in various computer curriculums and give schools updated classrooms. Obama goes on to say, that certain types of jobs now require some knowledge of code, such as certain types of mechanics and nurses.
White House Deputy Director, Tom Kalil stated that, “certainly video games are an entry point to young people…the reason why some people might get interested in computer science is because they like to play them, but they might also want to make them.” Many companies, such as Microsoft, are also jumping in on the educational video game bandwagon with their educational version of the popular game Minecraft. The new educational version of Minecraft is expected to hit many schools throughout the states. Obama is going to say more about his plan on February 9th.