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Game Design Competition: The National STEM Video Game Challenge

Competitions engage students, build excitement, and can push CS learning to higher levels. Here is an opportunity to enthuse your students with a competition using familiar classroom tools. No need to learn a new game development environment. My bet is that you are already using one of these listed in the competition.

Inspired by the "Educate to Innovate Campaign," President Obama's initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition aiming to motivate interest in STEM learning among America's youth.

The 2013 Challenge will open to submissions in January, 2013, with competitions for middle and high school students. Your students (and you) will love the variety of entry choices:

  • Written game design documents
  • Games made with Gamestar Mechanic
  • Games made with Gamemaker
  • Games made with Kodu
  • Games made with Scratch
  • Games made with any tool (Agent Sheets, Flash, XNA Game Studio, and several more) www.stemchallenge.org/resources/Other.aspx
  • Check it out!


    It might be just the spark plug you need for second semester.

    Pat Phillips
    Editor, CSTA Voice


    Pat, Thanks for the information. I am teaching a Game Design class right now using Gamestar Mechanic, Kodu and Game Maker so this information fits great with our topics.

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