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Calling all student game-makers

Written by Elyse Eidman-Aadahl
November 24, 2011

The game is on at the National STEM Video Game Challenge, devoted to interesting youth in STEM learning. In this challenge, students create their own video games and are eligible for the chance to win prizes like laptops and game design software. The competition is open to middle and high school students and judges will look at the quality of gameplay and creative vision.

“Making games gives students the opportunity to not only explore their creative side by letting them express themselves through storytelling, but it also helps them in developing real world STEM-based skills,” said Caitlin Skopac, manager of design competitions and events for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, who is helping to run this year’s competition. “These skills include systems thinking, problem solving, iterative design, and digital media literacy–to name a few.”

The challenge launched in partnership with the Digital Promise, a new initiative created by the President and Congress, supported through the Department of Education. Winners will be announced in May. Updates are available through the competition website and Twitter page.