U.S. Army to use videogames in high schools?

I’ll just give you some time to read that headline over again. Gamepolitics has reported that the U.S. Army may be looking into bringing videogames into high schools across the nation. You would think that with all the controversy about using games to recruit students would deter such a thing but apparently that doesn’t phase the Army, as they are partnering with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) to “incorporate Army technology, gaming and simulation resources to enhance student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics”.

How would they be doing this? By using the PC game America’s Army of course. According to the press release, the project will bolster PLTW’s engineering curriculum, currently implemented in 3,000 middle schools and high schools across the United States.

“The first educational module will be incorporated into the PLTW Principles of Engineering course. Students will use the America’s Army gaming technology to explore kinematics in a ballistics project. They will be able to test the accuracy of their calculations in the virtual environment to observe how different variables such as displacement, time, velocity and elevation angles affect the principles of engineering,” the press release illustrated.

I’m sure some groups are already pouncing on this, get ready for a fight kids.