The North America Scholastic Esports Federation has selected leading gaming and learning researchers from the Connected Learning Lab at the University of California, Irvine to understand the intersection between esports and STEM learning and impact on social emotional learning for high school players.

Specifically, we are striving to understand the effects of participation in an esports club on a member’s STEM career interest and knowledge, development of social and emotional skills, relationships with peers and adults, academic success, and communication, collaboration and emotional self-regulation skills. 

We have had students, parents, general managers and site administrators/executive directors participate in online surveys, focus groups and interviews in order to gain their critical perspectives on the esports clubs.

Learn more about Connected Learning Lab.

Principal Investigator

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Constance Steinkuehler, Ph.D.
Department of Informatics
Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences
University of California, Irvine

Constance Steinkuehler is a Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine where she investigates cognition and learning in multiplayer videogames and esports. She is the Founder of Higher Education Video Games Alliance (HEVGA), an academic organization of game programs in higher education, and formerly served as Senior Policy Analyst under the Obama administration in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, advising on games and digital media.