THE GAMES FOR CHANGE STUDENT CHALLENGE INVITES STUDENTS TO MAKE VIDEO GAMES ABOUT REAL-WORLD ISSUES AND COMMUNITY IMPACT THEMES

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 2019-2020 program is currently running in NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Detroit and will include professional development in game-based learning for 25-75 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 2020.

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 January 15, 2020.

 

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.
  • Commit to two (2) 60-minute sessions during the Spring 2020 school semester.
  • Able to commute to assigned school for in-class support. G4C will 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 2020. Exact dates TBD.

Apply now to be a Mentor!

IMPACT HIGHLIGHTS SINCE 2015

A City Based Competition Empowering Students to Make Games that Impact their Community

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20 SOCIAL IMPACT THEMES:

A Clean & Happy Earth

Inclusive Play: Designing Games for All

Get The Party Started

The Human-Animal Bond

Automated Communities 2050

Endangered Species

Disrupt Aging: Implications of Living 100

Envision Gender Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Wildlife Conservation

Connected Cities

News Literacy

Kindness & Empathy

Future Communities

Climate Change

Local Stories & Immigrant Voices

Smart Cities

Animal Welfare

Civic Journalism

Literacy

Youth Justice

2019 CHALLENGE PARTNERS

PROGRAM PARTNERS

GAMES FOR CHANGE
MOUSE
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PROGRAM SUPPORTERS

GENERAL MOTORS
TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE
ANNENBERG FOUNDATION
ANNENBERG TECH
ANNENBERG LEARNER
New National Endowment for the Arts
NYC DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
BIGGLESWORTH FAMILY FOUNDATION
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THEME PARTNERS

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