The Project Lab at Brooklyn High School was buzzing with excitement and energy as approximately forty-six students in grades 8-12 participated in the school’s very first E-Sports Tournament from Wednesday, December 19th through Friday, December 21st, 2018. The event was created and overseen by intervention specialist Jeff Jones who noticed the high level of interest many students had in playing video games. Mr. Jones proposed the idea of organizing the gaming tournament as part of the District’s PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports) program which models and rewards positive behavior. All participating students were selected from a random drawing of tickets that they received for getting caught following the PBIS goals of being responsible, respectful and productive.
While the District secured a meeting space, screen and projector, students were required to apply real world skills such as collaboration and teamwork to provide and set up game systems for the tournament. Participants were organized into a playoff style bracket and had a blast facing each other in Madden NFL 19 gameplay. The winners will return after Winter Break in January 2019 to face-off in the championship round. Thank you to Mr. Jones and all participants for helping to make the first E-Sports Tournament a success!