ABOUT

The Games for Change (G4C) Student Challenge is a national game design program and competition that invites students to create digital games about real-world issues impacting their communities. The Challenge 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 from games industry professionals, and social impact Themes with digital resources provided by cause-based partners. The Challenge culminates in a national game design competition through which students can submit their original work for the chance to win prizes, including a $10,000 scholarship, generously provided by Take-Two Interactive. Winners are announced live during an Awards Ceremony at the end of the school year. 

Program participation is available nationally to all middle/high schools in the U.S. and includes a special focus on the Challenge Cities of New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Seattle.

The Challenge is designed to expose students to, and excite their interest in, career opportunities in STEAM, develop 21st-century skills such as creativity and collaboration, encourage civic participation, and advance digital storytelling skills. In addition, the Challenge builds the 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.

Games for Change (G4C) is a nonprofit that facilitates the creation and distribution of digital games that serve as powerful tools in humanitarian and educational efforts and leverages entertainment and engagement for social good. G4C convenes diverse stakeholders, highlights best practices, incubates games, and helps create and direct investment into new projects. (www.gamesforchange.org)

WHAT THE PROGRAM OFFERS

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS IN SCHOOLS AND MUSEUMS TO RUN IMPACT GAME DESIGN COURSES
SOCIAL IMPACT THEMES THAT ELEVATE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, IGNITE CURIOSITY AND INSPIRE STUDENTS TO RESEARCH & DESIGN ORIGINAL IMPACT GAMES
GAME DESIGN COURSES THAT EMPOWER STUDENTS TO BECOME DIGITAL CITIZENS, BUILD KEY 21ST-CENTURY SKILLS AND EXPOSE STUDENTS TO CAREER PATHWAYS
GAME JAMS TO HELP STUDENTS HONE THEIR GAME DESIGN SKILLS WITH MENTORSHIP FROM PROFESSIONAL GAME DESIGNERS
A NATIONAL COMPETITION FOR WHICH STUDENTS CREATE GAMES ABOUT REAL-WORLD ISSUES AND COMPETE TO WIN PRIZES & SCHOLARSHIPS
AWARDS CEREMONY & EXHIBITION OF GAMES TO SHOWCASE AND AWARD THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS

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.

CHALLENGE PARTNERS (2021-2022)

PROGRAM PARTNERS

GAMES FOR CHANGE
TWO BIT CIRCUS FOUNDATION
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PROGRAM SUPPORTERS

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New National Endowment for the Arts
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NYC DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
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Riot Games
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THEME PARTNERS

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NewGeorgiaProject
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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PARTNER?

Games for Change is seeking both national and local partnerships. For information on how to get involved, email [email protected].