Mastery Coding: Tapping the Power of Academic Esports to Achieve Excellence in STEM Education

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Alan Sitomer, Founder and CEO, Mastery CodingAlan Sitomer, Founder and CEO
Providing intelligent, effective computer science education is a core necessity for learners to succeed in today’s technology-enabled world. But there is a significant gap in the education sector that hinders students’ exposure to real-world skill-building through practical learning programs. Unfortunately, as the data shows, we are not adequately preparing today’s students with the required workforce-ready tools they need to enter a society that has been changed by the impact of technology. However, the explosive growth of gaming, esports, and gamified learning has created an opportunity to turn gamers into makers and manifest the benefits of STEM education for the next generation of learners.

This is where Mastery Coding steps in. Founded by a California Teacher of the Year award winner, the company provides standards-based computer science, esports, and STEM curriculum that combines critical thinking with project-based fun. “We turn gamers into STEM makers by channelling students’ passion for esports and technology into career and college opportunities,” states Alan Sitomer, the founder and CEO of Mastery Coding. “In no uncertain terms, we use gaming as a gateway to empower students to learn, build for and prosper inside of a world they already love. The engagement is off the charts,” he adds.

Mastery Coding’s award-winning curriculum offers extensive coursework that combines standard-based lesson plans with experiential learning to impart core computer science concepts through a project-based learning model. One of its most unique offerings is an academic esports curricula that puts them on the pathway to earn industry-accredited certifications for high-need jobs. “Almost every company is now a technology company,” says Sitomer. “We provide students with the tools they need to enter into a workforce that has been radically changed by both the pandemic and technology. In many cases, we’re talking about offering kids access to their dream careers.”

In each course, students are positioned to be creators using real-world industry tools, software, and technologies. The company’s STEM courses help students become proficient in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript while also offering the opportunity for learners to earn highly-valued Unity certifications, learn C#, and gain command of tools like Blender.

And no prior coding or computer science experience is needed for students to enter their programs. By making sure to provide top-tier professional development and support for partner schools and educators, students ultimately create professional-level, vibrant portfolios and exit high school with outstanding work samples and industry-based technology accreditations (a win/win recipe to engender employment opportunities and/or college scholarships).

With hundreds of colleges and universities offering millions of dollars in esports and STEM scholarships and technology companies starving to hire more people with the skills being taught in these courses, school administrators are turning more and more to Mastery Coding to provide thought leadership in the space. “We can’t just settle for being great teachers; we have to be teaching these kids the ‘right’ things,” mentions Sitomer. “In the fast-moving world of gaming, the internet, Web 3.0 and so forth, schools need to be able to count on us for guidance.”

Mastery Coding provides comprehensive lesson plans, self-grading assessments, and a robust array of project-based learning opportunities that ultimately empowers teachers to deliver a personalized teaching/learning experience for the students. “Educators and administrators love our support and school districts love that we are helping them make a paradigm shift that proactively responds to the changing times. Of course, students are always best served when the curriculum meets the learners where they are - which is what we do,” says Sitomer. “When you co-mingle the love of gaming with efficacious teaching and learning, the result is explosive.”

  • We turn gamers into STEM makers by channelling students’ passion for esports and technology into career and college opportunities


The ultimate goal for Mastery Coding is to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty for students who come from traditionally disenfranchised backgrounds. The company has been founded on the core philosophies of ensuring equity and opportunity for all. As a result, their materials consistently emphasize character, high-quality, and principle-based decision-making. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is at the core and is the fabric of all they do.

“I believe that we need educators coming to technology instead of technologists coming to education because it takes a real teacher to understand what other teachers really need and address that,” says Sitomer. “If you have never been on the front lines, then the theory can make you blind to actual practice. Our solutions are born from serving the needs of real kids and real teachers, and real schools across the nation.”

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Mastery Coding

Headquarters
Los Angeles, CA

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Alan Sitomer, Founder and CEO

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Mastery Coding was founded by a California Teacher of the Year award winner, the company provides standards-based computer science, esports, and STEM curriculum that combines critical thinking with project-based fun.Mastery Coding’s award-winning curriculum offers extensive coursework that combines standard-based lesson plans with experiential learning to impart core computer science concepts through a project-based learning model. One of its most unique offerings is an academic esports curricula that puts them on the pathway to earn industry-accredited certifications for high-need jobs. The company’s STEM courses help students become proficient in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript while also offering the opportunity for learners to earn highly-valued Unity certifications, learn C#, and gain command of tools like Blender. And no prior coding or computer science experience is needed for students to enter their programs.