Chess Heroes in the news!
LOVE FROM THE LOCAL WEEKLY
The Eugene Weekly has been a long-time ally of the game industry here, giving folks a bit of a spotlight now and again. So today it was a pleasant sensation to sit down at my favorite coffee shop (The Barn Light, also in our Kickstarter video) and page through a weekly... that has Chess Heroes in it!
The article is called Video Games at School. It covers Chess Heroes and another local institution called the Center on Teaching and Learning, who I worked with to develop a game called Math Monster Carnival.
ONE BIG TAKEAWAY
It's a short, well-written article, so it's totally worth your time to see me and our Media Producer Magdalen Rose in print! ... On the internet, probably! My closing statement, though, is bigger than Chess Heroes, and I'd like to post it here:
Both Brown and Doabler see a future that includes more technology in the classroom, but they agree that like everything in education, it will move slowly, and however it manifests, it should supplement, not replace, the role of a teacher in math instruction.
“Game design is a medium,” Brown says. “It’s a way of expressing things and, if used correctly, it can be super powerful.”
But, he continues, “we don’t want parents to think that teachers are no longer valuable. It’s a teacher’s tool, and I think if we lose sight of that and think games will solve everything, we’ve missed the mark.”
It's not about Chess Heroes, really, but still! Go teachers!
AND A BIG SHIFT ON FREE TO SCHOOLS
There's been some confusion in our messaging about "when" we would be free to schools. It started as a stretch goal, but slowly grew to be part of our core identity. At the time of this writing, I haven't updated the Funding Goals image, but I want to state it here:
Chess Heroes will be free to schools if we are funded. Period.
Kids don't get to vote with their wallets like adults do, and they've been our biggest fans. So! We're not going to hold back. Let's get more kids playing chess.
And let's get funded!