WHY GAME DESIGN?
The Challenge connects with students’ passion for video games and uses game design to advance STEAM learning, promote the acquisition of key 21st-century skills (such as collaboration, communication, systems thinking, and problem-solving), and encourage civic engagement through digital storytelling. By designing games on issues that matter to them, students become informed creators of media and active change-makers in their communities.
WHO DOES THE CHALLENGE REACH?
The Challenge serves middle and high school students (grades 5-12). Any student can submit their game to the Challenge’s national competition. During the 2021-2022 school year, intensive, school-based programs (reaching diverse and economically disadvantaged students) will be offered in the Challenge Cities of New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. New, downloadable game design curriculum, professional development, and robust digital resources are available for educators and students across the country.