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.

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 Games for Change Student Challenge is open to middle and high school students (grades 6–12) in NYC, Pittsburgh and Dallas public schools.
  • Students can make games in teams of up to four. Games must be about one of the three Challenge themes and playable on a web browser (i.e. created using Scratch, Unity, Gamestar Mechanic, Javascript).
  • 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.
  • Teacher applications are closed for 2016-2017. If you are interested in bringing this program to your school, get in touch!

GAME THEMES

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.

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Local Stories & Immigrant Voices – Make a game that explores the immigrant experience, comparing past and present. Supported by the National Endowment

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Climate Change – Make a game that teaches citizens how to prepare for our climate future. Supported by NOAA

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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

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