The Games for Change (G4C) Student Challenge is a national game design program and competition that invites students to create digital games about issues impacting their communities. The Challenge is run in cities across the United States and includes professional development in game-based learning for cohorts of teachers, in-school and after-school game making courses, student game jams and workshops, mentorship by professional game designers and social issue themes with multimedia content provided by cause-based partners. The program culminates in a game design competition through which students submit their original impact games and compete for prizes such as scholarships, technology, industry-related opportunities and national recognition. Outstanding student work is showcased and prizes are awarded during celebratory Awards Ceremonies at the end of each school year.
The Challenge is designed to expose students to, and excite their interest in, career opportunities in STEM, develop 21st century skills such as creativity and collaboration, encourage civic participation, and advance digital storytelling skills. In addition, the Challenge builds capacity for teachers to use game-based learning tools and approaches as ways to deepen student learning and engagement, benefiting their classrooms, schools and districts.