Design games that make a difference in your city!
The National Games for Change Student Challenge is a game design competition that invites students to make digital games about issues impacting their communities, combining digital storytelling with civic engagement.
- The Games for Change Student Challenge is a game design program for middle and high school students (grades 6–12) in NYC, Pittsburgh and Dallas public schools.
- The Challenge is now closed for 2017 submissions, but students can submit to the National STEM Video Game Challenge until the May 1 deadline.
- The Games for Change Student Challenge features three Challenge themes — Climate Change, Future Communities, and Local Stories & Immigrant Voices.
- Submissions are evaluated by a jury in April–May and awarded prizes by Ubisoft and other partners in June.
- The Challenge program includes a series of game jams and workshops during the 2016–2017 school year, and an awards ceremony and public exhibition of winning games in June 2017.
Students are invited to make games about the following three themes. Each theme partner has provided assets students can use to learn about the topic, and even use in your games. You can access more information about each theme on your City site.
Local Stories & Immigrant Voices – Make a game that explores the immigrant experience, comparing past and present. Supported by the National Endowment
Climate Change – Make a game that teaches citizens how to prepare for our climate future. Supported by NOAA
Future Communities – Make a game that shows how smart technology can make your community, school and neighborhood a better place to live, learn and play. Supported by Current, powered by GE