by Tania Hack

Games for Change (G4C) is now recruiting educators in NYC, LA, Atlanta and Detroit to participate in the 5th Annual G4C Student Challenge.  The Challenge program empowers teachers to use game design as a teaching tool to build 21st century skills, expose students to work-related STEM opportunities and engage youth in civic learning. To date, G4C and partners have trained over 260 educators in cities across the US and have engaged over 16,000 students in the program.

Learn more about the program here.

How to Apply:

Teachers from a variety of backgrounds and subject areas are encouraged to apply to the G4C Student Challenge program; no prior experience w/ game design or computer science is necessary!

To apply to join, please complete the below form below that corresponds to your city. Returning cohort educators will be automatically accepted into the program and will not be required to attend both days of the 2-day professional development. Both returning and new educators must apply by Sept 6th (ATLANTA) and Oct 1st (DETROIT)LA application period closes once we’ve reached our quota – so apply soon!


Atlanta Teacher Application Form
Detroit Teacher Application Form
LA Teacher Application Form


How it works:

  • Teachers are selected to join the year-long program and receive 2 days of PD training in how to teach impact game design. *NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE w/ CS or GAME DESIGN REQUIRED
  • Educators are equipped to launch their game design courses in Fall 2019, and choose whether to integrate the Impact Game Design curriculum (20-30 hours of instruction) into a school course or after-school club.
  • Cohort teachers receive personal year-round support in the form of:
    • Direct program support from G4C and individual, curricular support from Mouse 
    • Mentors from the games industry, who visit cohort classrooms to share their expertise
    • A series of weekend game jams / hackathons, led by professional game designers and theme content experts
    • Organized field trips, which expose students to work-related opportunities 
    • A digital library of game design and theme-related resources
    • And so much more!
  • Students are encouraged to submit their final game projects to the Student Challenge game design competition in Spring 2020; Finalists participate in Award Ceremonies where their games are showcased and prizes are distributed to both students and teachers. *Competition prizes include technology, games, experiential prizes and more – including a $1,000 Grand Prize Scholarship. Check out last year’s winners here.