On May 4 Campus Gamers will launch the 2012 Education and Gaming Symposium at California State University, Bakersfield. Leaders in the game industry will be attending the event to illuminate attendees on how the games they play can be used to improve education. Confirmed speakers include James Portnow (Extra Credits), Leslie Redd (Director of Educational Programming at Valve), and Geoffrey Zatkin (EEDAR).
The student group founded by Edward Web says that Campus Gamers isn't just a group that gets together to play games; they organize events like 2012 Education and Gaming Symposium and do things like help local high schools to secure tools and software that can be used to enhance educational programs and teach high schoolers about game development and technology.
To that end, Campus Gamers launched a RocketHub fundraising page with the goal of raising $5,000 to help pay for the Education and Gaming Symposium and to fund what it calls "the Kinect Project." The goal of the Kinect Project is to purchase or acquire 35 Kinect motion sensors and software development kits, to be donated to the 35 high schools in Kern County (where CSU Bakersfield is located).
So far they have managed to raise $1,050 – well short of their $5,000 goal. If you would like to help them meet this goal, check out their RocketHub Page. The RocketHub page only has seven days left.