Due to sub par standardized test results in recent years, President Obama has announced an Educate to Innovate program with the aim to improve the understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among children and young adults. In a group effort between the White House, the Information Technology Industry Council, Sony Computer Entertainment, Microsoft, and the MacArthur Foundation, the Entertainment Software Association hopes to turn these scores around.
They are accomplishing this goal by holding two elaborate competitions, the first of which is based around Little Big Planet. This challenge expects competitors to create custom content that meets STEM standards. In conjunction with this contest, Sony will be donating PS3s with copies of Little Big Planet to a number of libraries in low-income parts of the country.
The second competition is based on age brackets (4-8, 8-12, and 12-16), and challengers children from these age groups to create ideas that can be turned into flash games in the future. These games, of course, must be up to STEM standards.
Both competitions are accompanied by lucrative rewards, with winners to be announced at E3 2010.