Design games that make a difference in your city!

The 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. This year’s program will run in New York City and Los Angeles.

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 a game design program for middle and high school public school students (grades 6–12) in NYC and Los Angeles
  • The Games for Change Student Challenge features three Challenge themes — Kindness & Empathy, Wildlife Conservation and News Literacy.
  • In Spring 2018 students can submit their original games about one of the themes to the competition for the opportunity to win awesome prizes!
  • The program includes a series of game jams and workshops during the 2017–2018 school year, and an awards ceremony and public exhibition of winning games in Spring 2018.

GAME THEMES

Students are invited to make games about the following three themes. Each theme partner has provided assets for students to learn about the topic. Visit your city’s webpage to learn more about the topics!

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Kindness & EmpathyGames that explore ways to build a kinder world, encouraging acceptance and understanding difference.

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Wildlife ConservationGames that recognize the importance of animals to our ecosystems, and seek to protect threatened species.

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News LiteracyGames that teach players how to be savvy consumers and creators of media, able to identify “fake news” and understand digital privacy.

PARTNERS

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