By Tania Hack

G4C is excited to launch the fourth annual G4C Student Challenge in NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Detroit – and to share the opportunity to participate with educators across the four cities. Middle/high public school teachers are invited to apply via the Teacher Application Forms at the bottom of this post (Deadline to apply for Detroit is September 7th | Applications to other cities are closed).


  • Educators apply to participate in the year-long program via the Teacher Application forms below.
  • In each participating city, 20+ new educators will be selected to join the G4C Student Challenge teacher cohorts. Educators from last year’s cohorts will be automatically accepted into the program if they are interested in participating again this year.
  • In September 2018, cohort educators will attend 2-days of professional development (hosted by G4C and curriculum partner, Mouse) to receive training in game design and game-based learning.
  • PD training will also introduce educators to three community-focused social impact themes around which students will be prompted to design games.
  • Educators will be equipped to launch their game design courses during the Fall 2018 school semester and will be given complimentary access to the Mouse create platform and a Serious Game Design curriculum.
  • Educators can choose to teach the course (approximately 20-30 hours) during the school day or as part of an after-school club/program.
  • Throughout the year educators will be supported via:
    • Year-round program support from G4C
    • Direct curricular support from Mouse
    • A digital library of game design and theme-related resources (made available through the Student Challenge website)
    • Mentors from the professional games/technology industry who conduct classroom visits
    • A series of weekend game jams / hackathons supported by professional game designers
    • A mid-program training for participating cohort educators
    • And so much more!
  • Participating students will be encouraged to submit their final game projects to the G4C Student Challenge game design competition in April 2019 for the chance to win awesome prizes and national recognition.

Please Note:

  • No prior game design or programming experience is required to participate as a cohort educator; all training and curricular materials will be provided.
  • Teachers from diverse backgrounds and concentrations are encouraged to apply (past cohorts have included educators in English, Social Studies, Technology, Math, Science, Computer Science, Librarians, Special Education and more!)
  • Teachers must have consent from their school principal to participate in the Student Challenge program.
  • Stipends will be provided to schools to cover the cost of a substitute teacher (weekdays) or to the educators directly if PD falls on a weekend
  • There are ZERO costs involved in participating in the program (for teachers/schools)

To apply, educators must complete the below application form that corresponds to the city where you teach. Returning educators will be automatically accepted into the program and 20+ new educators (per city) will be selected to join the teacher cohorts. Both returning and new educators must complete the following forms to be considered for the program.

Deadline to apply is:

Detroit | 9/7

Detroit Teacher Application Form

Questions about the program or teacher application process? Send us an email:
[email protected]