|Session Name:||Games to Address National Challenges|
|Speaker(s):||Constance Steinkuehler Squire|
|Company Name(s):||White House Office of Science and Technology Policy|
|Track / Format:||Advocacy|
In March 2011, President Obama issued a call to action, stating "I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create... educational software that's as compelling as the best videogame. I want you guys to be stuck on a videogame that's teaching you something other than just blowing something up." In response, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy initiated a new area of policy analysis focusing specifically on games as a medium with broad potential not just for conceptual learning but also for physical health, mental well-being, job growth and scientific discovery.