At the Games for Change Festival in New York, Valve introduced “Steam for Schools”, a new initiative that would allow teachers to use a limited version of Steam to use Portal 2. The use of Steam for Schools is focused on the teachings of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
The program will be funded exclusively by Valve and offer educational resources to teachers through the access of editing, hosting, and organizing user-created levels for which special workshops will be provided to demonstrate on how this can be done. School administrations will be given access free of charge and are open to deciding what levels will be acceptable in sharing.
“…what we’re doing is asking for teachers, after school programs, organizations – anywhere where there’s a student relationship, which includes homeschooling – for them to submit a form to be part of it. It’s still in beta,” Valve’s Leslie Redd said.
Valve plans on providing more freedom to students on what they can do, but for now, the restrictions are applied.
For more information on Valve’s program, visit their “Teach With Portals” website at: www.teachwithportals.com