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Miss Beloit Organizes Event to Foster STEM Careers for Underserved Communities through Video Games

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BELOIT, Wis. - Rezul -- Angelica Chapman-Sykes, the newly crowned Miss Beloit, understands that knowing what technology careers are available and how to get into them isn't always fun and games. Chapman-Sykes, who currently works in the video game industry for PUBG Madison, understands the significance of diversity in her male-dominated field. In a passionate effort to promote inclusivity and encourage underrepresented populations to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), she has launched a community service initiative titled "Game Changers: Diversifying STEM Through Video Game Development." This initiative aims to facilitate gaming workshops for young individuals, fostering diversity and inclusivity in the STEM fields. As such, she will be hosting the first in a series of events on June 13, 2023 at Hendricks CareerTek, a dedicated Beloit-based organization offering comprehensive career exploration, development, and opportunities for youth.

For this event, Chapman-Sykes has partnered with Madison-based Filament Games and PUBG Madison. Filament Games is a renowned global leader in creating award-winning educational video games that make a positive impact. PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS is a highly popular multiplayer battle royale game that is recognized globally. During the day-long affair, Filament Games will introduce attendees to the vast array of careers available in game-based learning, showcasing how video games can be utilized to effect positive change in the world. PUBG Madison will have a presentation showcasing the ins and outs of the video game industry.

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One of the highlights of the event will be a hands-on workshop where attendees will be invited to play RoboCo, an immersive video game designed to teach essential robotics principles and mechanical engineering design. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience this innovative game firsthand, providing them with valuable insights into the world of robotics and its potential applications.

Chapman-Sykes, alongside her dedicated partners, remains committed to empowering underrepresented communities by bridging the gap between video games, education, and STEM careers. This event stands as a testament to her unwavering dedication to diversity and inclusivity in the pursuit of technological advancement.

About Miss Beloit Scholarship Organization:

The Miss Beloit Scholarship Organization is a prestigious scholarship competition linked to the Miss America program. Over the years, it has granted over $100,000 in scholarships, making it an essential and valuable part of the Beloit community. The pageant emphasizes the four crucial elements of the Miss America crown: Style, Service, Scholarship, and Success. This ensures that the participants are well-rounded and possess a broad range of skills. The winner of Miss Beloit will represent the community at the distinguished Miss Wisconsin competition from June 20th-24th, 2023.

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Sha-Nita Davies is the Executive Director and Terri Gile is the Teen Director of the Miss Beloit Scholarship Organization.

About Hendricks CareerTek:

Hendricks CareerTek is a not-for-profit organization in Beloit, WI, that provides free career exploration opportunities for students grades 6-12 up to age 21. They focus on offering comprehensive career exploration, development, and opportunities to young individuals in the greater Beloit community. They aim to equip youth with the necessary skills and resources to thrive in their chosen career paths.

About Filament Games:

Filament Games is a leading global developer of educational video games that have received numerous accolades for their positive impact. Their games leverage the power of interactive entertainment to educate and inspire learners of all ages.


PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, up to 100 participants parachute onto a remote island in a winner-takes-all showdown. Survivors must locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles and supplies, and defeat other players in a visually and tactically rich battleground. Players are forced into closer combat by a shrinking play zone known as The Blue Zone. PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS is available now on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and PS5


Brandon Pittser

Source: Filament Games, LLC
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