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 20 teachers per city, in-school and after-school game making courses supported by curriculum partner Mouse, student game jams and workshops, mentorship for 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.

This year’s program will run in four cities (NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Detroit) and any middle/high public school educators interested in joining the program can apply now!

Deadline to Apply is August 20, 2018

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK

  • Educators apply to participate in the year-long program, hosted by Games for Change, via the Teacher Application forms below.
  • In each participating city, 20+ new educators will be selected to join the G4C Student Challenge teacher cohorts. Educators from last year’s cohorts will be automatically accepted into the program if they are interested in participating again this year.
  • In September 2018, cohort educators will attend 2-days of professional development (hosted by G4C and curriculum partner, Mouse) to receive training on game-based learning and how to teach game design. Stipends will be provided to schools to cover the cost of a substitute teacher.
  • PD training will also introduce educators to three community/social impact themes around which students will be prompted to design games.
  • Educators will be equipped to launch their game design courses during the Fall 2018 school semester and will be given complimentary access to the Mouse.create platform.
  • Educators can choose to teach the curriculum (approximately 20-30 hours) during the school day or as part of an after-school club/program.
  • Throughout the year educators will be supported via:
    • Year-round program support from G4C
    • Direct curricular support from Mouse
    • A digital library of game design and theme-related resources, available through the Student Challenge website
    • Mentors from the professional games/technology industry who conduct classroom visits
    • A series of weekend game jams / hackathons supported by professional game designers
    • A mid-program meet-up for participating cohort educators
    • And so much more!
  • Participating students will be encouraged to submit their final game projects to the G4C Student Challenge game design competition in April 2019 for the chance to win awesome prizes and national recognition.

 

Please Note:

  • No prior game design or programming experience is required to participate as a cohort educator; all training and curricular materials will be provided.
  • Teachers from diverse backgrounds and concentrations are encouraged to apply (past cohorts have included educators in English, Social Studies, Technology, Math, Science, Computer Science, Librarians, Special Education and more!)
  • Teachers must have consent from their school principal to participate in the Student Challenge program.
  • There are no costs involved in participating in the program (for teachers/schools)

TEACHER APPLICATION FORMS

To apply to join the Student Challenge program, please complete the form below that corresponds to your city. Returning cohort educators will be automatically accepted into the program and will not be required to attend the 2-day professional development. Both returning and new educators must complete the following form by August 20th to be considered for the program.

Deadline to Apply is August 20, 2018

CHALLENGE PARTNERS

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PROGRAM PARTNERS

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