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Teacher Spotlight: Melissa Webb

TEACHER: Melissa Webb CITY: Sterling Heights, Michigan SCHOOL: Utica Center for Science and Industry (UCSI) SUBJECT AREA: Mathematics, Engineering, Mechatronics, & Multimedia GRADE LEVEL(S) TAUGHT: 10-11 YEARS PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM: 3 Melissa Webb is a rockstar teacher from Michigan, who

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Teacher Spotlight: Harriet Sohn

TEACHER: Harriet Sohn CITY: Queens, NY SCHOOL: Irwin Altman Middle School 172 SUBJECT AREA: Computer Science GRADE LEVEL TAUGHT: 6-8 YEARS PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM: 8 Harriet Sohn is one of our most veteran Student Challenge Educators and has been with


Teacher Spotlight: Mario Flores

TEACHER: Mario Flores CITY: Reseda, CA SCHOOL: Reseda Charter High School SUBJECT AREA: Computer Science, Game Design, Generative Art and Design GRADE LEVEL TAUGHT: 9-12 YEARS PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM: 4 Mario Flores is an all-star teacher from Reseda, California. Mario has been

Announcing the 2022 Student Challenge Winners!

  In a virtual Awards Ceremony on June 16, 49 students from 14 different states were recognized for outstanding work on social impact themes and special award categories including accessibility, XR innovation, use of Unity, and critical writing. The games were rigorously reviewed by a panel of over


Teacher Spotlight: Mikwonjilian Antwih

TEACHER: Mikwonjilian Antwih TEACHER COHORT: Detroit SCHOOL: Detroit School of Arts SUBJECT AREA: Graphic Design GRADE LEVEL TAUGHT: High School YEARS PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM: 2 Mikwonjilian Antwih is a dedicated and hands-on graphic design teacher from the Student Challenge’s Detroit cohort. As a newcomer last year,


Teacher Spotlight: Saundra Watts

TEACHER: Saundra Watts TEACHER COHORT: Atlanta SCHOOL: Barber Middle School SUBJECT AREA: STEM/Computer Science YEARS PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM: 4 Games for Change is excited to recognize the accomplishments of all-star teacher Saundra Watts from the Challenge City of Atlanta. Saundra is a


Teacher Spotlight: Misty May

TEACHER: Misty May DETROIT: Detroit SCHOOL: Brenda Scott Academy SUBJECT AREA: STEM, Multimedia Production Arts YEARS PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM: 2 Misty May is a 2-year Student Challenge cohort teacher hailing from the ‘Motor City.’ Last year, Misty’s students at Brenda Scott Academy


Teacher Spotlight: Luna Ramirez

TEACHER: Luna Ramirez TEACHER COHORT: New York City SCHOOL: Thomas Edison High School SUBJECT AREA: AP Computer Science, Web Design, Graphic Design YEARS PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM: 3 There are 75,000 teachers reaching over 1 million students across the five boroughs of

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Teacher Spotlight: John Landa

John Landa is a 3-year Student Challenge veteran, teaching computer science and game design at an all-girls school in Los Angeles. In 2020, John was the recipient of G4C’s Leadership Award, a distinct honor awarded to an outstanding program educator each year (check-out his


My First Week with Remote Teaching

Games for Change is excited to introduce a new blog series written by diverse members of our community. In this series we will be discussing the different ways they are using and thinking about games to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis. Authors will be sharing resources they are using

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Teacher Spotlight: Jennifer Stone

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second largest school district in the country, serving over 650,000 students each year. It is also the second largest employer in LA County, with a workforce of nearly 30,000 teachers! Within this massive school district is a remarkable


Free Tools to Engage Students During the COVID-19 Outbreak

In response to guidance given by health officials and the World Health Organization regarding the outbreak of COVID-19, many school districts and educational institutions have closed their doors and are currently relying on remote learning.  Keeping students engaged in a remote learning environment can be challenging

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Teacher Spotlight: Melinda Bush

Each year, G4C works with cohorts of teachers in ‘spotlight cities’ across the country – and provides educators with the training, curriculum and tools to bring game based learning into their classrooms. Over the last five years, we have had the pleasure of working with an incredibly talented pool

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The Student Challenge Competition is Back

Games for Change has opened the 5th annual Competition to ALL students!  Students across the country have been working hard all year to design digital games focused on social impact themes, and now we want to see them! Through April 29th, middle and high school students


2019 G4C Student Challenge Competition Results

Games for Change is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Games for Change Student Challenge – and to recognize all competitors for their impressive games and innovative approaches to tackling social impact themes. This year, students in NYC, LA, Detroit and Atlanta were challenged to design and code

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If you played Assassin’s Creed, Minecraft, Candy Crush, Monument Valley, Fortnite, or any other video game in the last year, you are among the estimated 2.1 billion people around the world who also play video games. Almost half of those players are female, but less than 20% of the



Games for Change (G4C) and partners are seeking experienced game designers, technologists, innovators and digital media professionals in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Detroit to provide mentorship for public school students participating in the G4C Student Challenge – a program in which middle and high school students


G4C Student Challenge Game Jams in Pittsburgh by Ryan Coon and Arielle Evans We’ve hosted a couple of Game Jams in Pittsburgh as part of our local Student Challenge. The Game Jams have been a great way to expand participation in the Student Challenge beyond the classrooms of teachers who


2017 G4C Student Challenge Open For Submissions!   By Sara Cornish Games for Change has opened the submission portal for the second annual G4C Student Challenge. Games must be submitted by April 1, 2017. Middle and high school


Final Two Moveable Game Jams Hosted in Manhattan & Brooklyn for NYC Students   By Matthew Farber, Ed.D. The final two Moveable Game Jams, part of a series of four events hosted by Games for Change (G4C), took place on December 10th at the Brooklyn


21st Century Skills and the G4C Student Challenge By: Brendon Trombley   The phrase “21st-century skills” sounds like we’re describing some sort of futuristic skillset like piloting spaceships or building robots. It’s actually nothing like that all. It doesn’t even describe skills in modern technology like


Moveable Game Jams Hosted with HIVE Partners in the Bronx & Queens for NYC Students   By Matthew Farber & Sara Cornish We’re halfway through the four Moveable Game Jams that Games for Change is hosting in partnership with HIVE


The Second G4C Student Challenge Kicks Off With Professional Teacher Development Across Three Cities!   Last month, nearly 70 teachers in in New York City, Pittsburgh, and Dallas joined our second annual teacher training as part of the national G4C Student Challenge and learned how


2nd Annual G4C Student Challenge Launches in Three Cities! October 4, 2016 Games for Change (G4C) is proud to announce the launch of the 2nd annual G4C Student Challenge in NYC, Pittsburgh, and Dallas for the 2016-2017 school year. This year’s programs features three new themes – Local Stories


Make games with us at our NYC Student Challenge Moveable Game Jams! Starting October 15, Games for Change will host a series of four Moveable Game Jams, with support from the HIVE Digital Media Learning Fund, as a part of our G4C Student Challenge in New York