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Milwaukee seventh-grader wins nationwide contest for video game design

on Tuesday,April 12,2011 19:04

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A seventh-grader from Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been named one of the 12 contestants to win the national contest for original video game design. The winner, whose name is Shireen Zaineb, produced a game that involved learning about science and math while playing, according to the Kansas City Star.

This was the first year of the contest, which is called National Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Video Game Challenge. It consisted of two different segments - one was for students in grades five through eight, and one was for professionals.

Zaineb created the game, which is called Discover, on her tablet computer based on the references to mass, friction and gravity. It was picked out of 500 entries, the newspaper reported.

"The game involves a lot of jumping and exploring in which the player learns many new facts and information," she told the newspaper.

Individuals who are seeking their computer animation degree can expect the number of positions in this field to increase by 32 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
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