G4C Student Challenge Expands to Los Angeles

by Tania Hack

Games for Change is thrilled to announce the expansion of the third annual Student Challenge to Los Angeles for the 2017-2018 school year! The expansion to the west coast is a product of G4C’s new partnership with Annenberg Foundation and a collaboration between the AnnenbergTech initiative and the Annenberg Learner program, which uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in schools across the US.  

Check out this LA Times article featuring the launch of the Student Challenge in Los Angeles.

As in past years, the inaugural Student Challenge program in Los Angeles will provide professional development for a cohort of 20+ public school educators, a Serious Game Design Course for middle and high school students (created by curriculum partner Mouse), and the opportunity to create games addressing three social challenges in the local community: Kindness & Empathy, News Literacy and Wildlife Conservation. The program will also feature mentorship from professional game designers, field trips to industry leaders (including Riot Games and 2-Bit Circus), and a series of local game jams and workshops for students to hone their game-making skills. The program will culminate in a game design challenge where students compete for the opportunity to win awesome prizes (like technology and experiential prizes) and national recognition during the annual G4C Festival in Summer 2018.

In addition to the Annenberg Foundation, supporters of this year’s Student Challenge include Take-Two Interactive, iThrive Games; Unity Technologies, Bigglesworth Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.