The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Esports Association (PIEA) has named Shady Side Academy Director of the Glimcher Tech & Design Hub Jesse Robinson, who also coaches the Senior School esports team, to its inaugural board of directors. Robinson joins legislators and educational and community leaders from across the state on the board with the goal of providing regulatory oversight and competition guidelines for interscholastic esports in Pennsylvania.
Esports, or professional gaming, has been on the rise in both professional and academic settings in recent years. During the pandemic, esports has proven to be one of the few activities that students can participate in safely while being at home. Students can practice, compete and be coached remotely. In addition to the academic and social-emotional benefits to creating esports programs at the high school level, esports is advancing at the collegiate level, offering scholarship and career opportunities for video gamers and students interested in STEM professions.
The PIEA was established in 2019 as one of the first governing bodies focused solely on esports in the country. Its primary mission is to build confidence in the integrity of high school esports programs, promote curriculum that enhance STEM and other educational opportunities, and develop world-class esports content that will grow esports opportunities.
Robinson joined the Senior School faculty as director of the Glimcher Tech and Design Hub in 2019. Prior to SSA, he was the director of information technology at Greens Farms Academy (Conn.), where he designed the technology curriculum and academic technology plan, assisted in developing the STEAM signature program, established Lower and Upper School makerspaces, implemented a 1:1 laptop program, taught computer science, advised the robotics club and coached fencing.
Congratulations, Mr. Robinson!