Warren County Schools received notification that it has been awarded a grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce to implement the Plasma Games pilot program. This pilot program is a direct effort by the General Assembly and Governor to promote access to innovative digital and personalized learning solutions for high school students and encourage students to pursue further science coursework and careers. Ernie Conner, Director of Technology/CTE and Stanley Harrell, SEMAA Project Coordinator collaborated with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the Plasma Games founder, Hunter Moore, and Warren County Schools staff members to write and submit the grant proposal.
North Carolina Session Law 2020-80 appropriated $2.5 million dollars in funding to the Department of Commerce for the implementation of the Plasma Games Pilot Program. Local School Administrative Units (LSAUs) participating in the program will incorporate Sci-Ops: Global Defense, the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focused educational software program developed by Plasma Games, Inc., in select STEM classes and their CTE programs. This pilot program is a direct effort by the General Assembly and Governor to promote access to innovative digital and personalized learning solutions for high school students and encourage students to pursue further science coursework and careers.
Hunter is the founder and CEO of Plasma Games. His passion for science and education began in childhood and later grew when he got a taste for educational instruction in the STEM field as a TA for engineering courses while in college. Hunter had the initial idea for Plasma Games based on his work experience at IBM, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, and Sandia National Laboratories, where a shortage of eligible, trained technical staff was apparent across the US economy. He has a BSME and MSME from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The mission of Plasma Games is (stated on their website) “We are on a mission to instantly inspire the next generation of science leaders. Our educational games are designed to meet students' and teachers' diverse needs, with the belief that the most powerful force in education is a sparked connection between a student and their teacher. Built with love in Raleigh, North Carolina.
For additional information on the Plasma Games program, please visit their website at play.plazma.games.