Some students appear to want to use Twitter as a way of getting out of doing traditional homework about traditional subjects. In fact, one student attempted to get their school to allow them to do a test about Epic Games' sandbox survival game Fortnite for their final exam in chemistry.
I don't know if these students are going to make life easier or harder on themselves, but over on Jilli Zuz's Twitter account, there's a post about requesting help from the Twitterverse in order to convince the chemistry teacher to allow the final exam to be about Fortnite.
The requirement from the teacher was that the exam could be about Fortnite if the tweet managed to get 6.7 thousand retweets. The tweet, as of the writing of this article, has managed more than four times the amount that the teacher requested, totaling more than 28.6 thousand retweets from the Twitter universe.
Obviously, some people were a little curious if this was a legitimate thing and not just a Twitter user focusing on growing their follower count. There were some debates about the legitimacy of the campaign, but the user definitely stated that it was all legit and that they would post up photos of the exam once it takes place.
However, according to the follow-up tweet, the final exam that will feature Epic Games' Fortnite won't be until the end of April, and once that happens then another tweet will be posted up showcasing how everything went with the test.
The real question is how do you build a chemistry test around Fortnite? The game's most popular feature is the Battle Royale mode, which sees 100 people attempting to survive in a sandbox and become the last man or woman standing after killing all of their opponents.
The game also relies on a building mechanic in order to craft fortifications and structures to keep other players at bay or set traps to ensnare people who aren't paying attention.
The game seems like it might be more oriented toward physics than chemistry, just because there are some properties you could extract out of Fortnite centered around physics questions, such as the rate of travel for rockets at a certain trajectory, or the amount of force per impact certain projectiles carry with them. I think that would make for some very interesting classroom studies.
Nevertheless, Epic Games should be happy that Fortnite gained enough popularity to actually make students in the classroom excited to play the game and to even care enough about it to carry it over into the classroom. I'm still not sure how that's going to work out, but I do wonder if PUBG Corporation is a little sad that people chose Epic's Battle Royale title over its own PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for a bit of educational edification?