Design games that make a difference in your city!

The Games for Change Student Challenge is the leading national game design program that combines students’ passion for games with digital learning and civic engagement.

STUDENTS CREATE GAMES ABOUT REAL-WORLD ISSUES & WIN AWESOME PRIZES
GAME JAMS & MENTORSHIP WITH PROFESSIONAL GAME DESIGNERS
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GAME DESIGN FOR EDUCATORS
ENGAGE WITH CIVIC ISSUES & BUILD 21ST CENTURY SKILLS THROUGH GAME DESIGN

The 2018-2019 program will run in NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Detroit and will include professional development in game-based learning for 25+ teachers per city, in-school and after-school game making courses supported by curriculum partner Mouse, student game jams and workshops, mentorship for students provided by professional game designers, social issue themes with digital resources provided by cause-based partners and a culminating game design competition and Awards Ceremony in Spring 2019.

Call for Mentors!

Games for Change is seeking experienced game designers and digital media professionals in NYC, LA, Atlanta and Detroit to provide mentorship for public school students participating in the G4C Student Challenge. Mentors have the opportunity to work one-on-one with students at their schools, providing creative and technical expertise inside the classroom.

As a Student Challenge mentor, you will be connected with a participating classroom to help the next generation of game developers find their creative voice, retain motivation, and truly engage in the design process. Students hone their game making skills while coming to understand how their coursework applies to real world opportunities and careers.

While professional game designers/developers are desired, mentors may come from technology, digital media, and a range of other industries as well. Qualifying graduate students are welcome to apply! Deadline to apply is November 1, 2018.
Mentor Role & Responsibilities

  • Provide creative and technical guidance, and ad hoc support for cohort teachers facilitating game design courses for the Student Challenge.
  • Share your game design experience, hacks and pro tips through a combination of lecture, storytelling, hands on activities, critique and Q&A.
  • Help students develop a design thinking mindset and increase their technical ability.
  • Adhere to the Challenge program and coursework, providing relevant guidance to both teachers and students.
  • Commit to two (2) 60-minute sessions: one during the Fall 2018 school semester and one during the Spring 2019 semester.
  • Able to commute to assigned school for in-class support. G4C will try our best to pair you with a school that meets your availability and travel options.
  • Check-in with G4C following classroom visit (by phone or email) to provide feedback.
  • (Optional) Attend Student Challenge events including student Game Jams and an end-of-program Awards Ceremony in June 2019. Exact dates TBD.

Apply now to be a Mentor!

Deadline to apply: November 1, 2018

2018 CHALLENGE PARTNERS

PROGRAM PARTNERS

GAMES FOR CHANGE
MOUSE
TWO BIT CIRCUS FOUNDATION
STEM@GTRI
CEISMC

PROGRAM SUPPORTERS

GENERAL MOTORS
ANNENBERG FOUNDATION
ANNENBERG LEARNER
ANNENBERG TECH
TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE
BIGGLESWORTH FAMILY FOUNDATION
NYC DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
NEA
NYC MAYOR’S OFFICE

THEME PARTNERS

AARP
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
GENERAL MOTORS
NOMA
NYC MAYOR’S OFFICE

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