The G4C Student Challenge is a citywide competition that invites Los Angeles middle and high school students to create games about issues impacting their communities. Winning games are celebrated at an awards ceremony where students receive recognition, awesome prizes and career-oriented experiential opportunities.
Teachers apply to join the year-long program.
Teacher applications are vetted; new teachers are accepted into program and returning teachers rejoin.
Teachers are trained during 2 days of professional development; game courses launch in schools.
Competition opens for submissions; students have two months to submit their games.
Educators receive additional training and prep for the competition.
Submission portal closes; games are evaluated by industry professionals.
Student finalists showcase their games and winners are revealed at a culminating Awards Ceremony.
Over 50 teachers from Los Angeles were selected to receive training to run game design courses at their schools. Students in the courses are learning how to use Scratch and Unity through the Mouse Impact Game Design curriculum.
If you’re looking for even more opportunities to do cool projects with technology, here are a few more teen programs offered in Los Angeles.
CODEREV – Tech camps and 8 weeks classes that focus on STEM learning. Students create games, websites, apps, and more!
DIY GIRLS – Teaching girls technology and engineering after school and during the summer.
iD TECH – Offering camps and year-round online coding courses for kids.
iURBAN TEEN – A STEM and arts education program that brings together underrepresented teens and young adults for career exploration and mentoring.
THE CLUBHOUSE NETWORK – An out-of-school learning environment where youth can develop tech skills with mentors through a variety of programs.
UCODE – Classes on creating websites, apps, and games.
ZANIAC – Several programs are offered after school and during the summer to teach students K-8 math and technology through project-based learning. Programs run through the office in Santa Monica.
Games for Change is expanding the Challenge program for 2019 – 2020 and seeking both national and local partnerships. For information on how to get involved, email [email protected].