2018 STUDENT CHALLENGE AWARDS

Winners were announced at local awards ceremonies in each city during May/June 2018 and received prizes ranging from technology to theme, experiential and career-related prizes.
The Grand Prize Winner from each city received a $1,000 Scholarship prize – generously provided by Take-Two Interactive, a proud supporter of the G4C Student Challenge.

NEW YORK CITY

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Solar Sprout

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

CONNECTED CITIES HIGH SCHOOL WINNER

  • Student: Geneva H
  • School: High School of Art and Design
  • Description: Solar Sprout is a game about building, repairing, and enhancing connections in a city through applying energy in various ways. You play as Johnnie, a gender non-conforming robot, solving local issues.
  • Platform: Unity
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City Ghoul

CONNECTED CITIES MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER

  • Students: Alexander B, Alston C, Nathan S, Maddox G (Middle School)
  • School: Mark Twain I.S.239
  • Description: A ghoul has to oversee a city and make decisions about how to make it more connected.
  • Platform: Scratch
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What Goes Around, Comes Around

KINDNESS & EMPATHY HIGH SCHOOL WINNER

  • Students: Anton T, Anastasia B
  • School: High School of Art and Design
  • Description: This game is based off the saying “What goes around, comes around.” Help the people with their problems, and they will help you too!
  • PlatformUnity
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Phobic

KINDNESS & EMPATHY MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER

  • Student: Langening R
  • School: PS 102Q
  • Description: Phobic is a short visual novel about bullying, with four different endings, that shows students what they can do to help those that are bullied, regardless of what they identify as and who they are.
  • Platform: Scratch
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Sources, Please

NEWS LITERACY HIGH SCHOOL WINNER

  • Students: Amadou D, Geneva H (High School of Art and Design)
  • School: Bronx International High School
  • Description: Sources, Please is a 2D platformer where a player jumps on rising platforms made of news posts. They fall if the information written on them is not reliable, but holds the player if they are.
  • Platform: Unity
FakeNews

Fake News

NEWS LITERACY MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER

  • Students: Nancy C, Nicole Y, Tina T
  • School: John J Pershing 220
  • Description: Players learn that not all news are real. This game helps young teenagers identify fake news.
  • Platform: Marvelapp
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It's Never Too Late

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION HIGH SCHOOL WINNER

  • Students: Kartik K, David R, Brian R, Anthony S
  • School: Tottenville High School
  • Description: Welcome to Beetopia, a utopia of bees, all living together in harmony. Explore a city of Pollinators, having a fun time learning the importance of pollinators in our community and our environment.
  • Platform: SNAPP
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Fake News

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER

  • Students: Tristan K, Nicolas M, Alvis L
  • School: PS 102Q
  • Description: A bee’s hive has broken down due to delinquent children. Two bees have stepped up to the challenge to fix their hive. Control a bee as he goes on a quest to save their home.
  • Platform: Scratch

LOS ANGELES

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Cougar

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION HIGH SCHOOL WINNER

  • Student: Naomi M
  • School: GALA (Girl’s Academic Leadership Academy)
  • Description: You are P22, one of LA’s most famous Mountain Lions. Navigate the natural and urban environment to stalk and hunt your food while discovering various landmarks of Griffith Park.
  • Platform: Scratch
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Mountain Lion Maze of Life

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER

  • Students: Isaac T, Jomo H
  • School: William Mulholland Middle School, STEAM Robotics Magnet
  • Description: This is a challenging platforming game in which you play as a mountain lion living near an urban area. It’s up to you to find a mate while avoiding obstacles caused by human development such as fires, traffic, chemicals and more.
  • Platform: Scratch
theStressQuiz

The Stress Quiz

KINDNESS & EMPATHY HIGH SCHOOL WINNER

  • Students: Christopher B, Kiev G
  • School: STEM Academy of Hollywood
  • Description: In this playful and challenging quiz, pit yourself against the clock to correctly answer each question about stress and stress relief.
  • Platform: Scratch
meMyFriendsAndI

Me, My Friends, and I

KINDNESS & EMPATHY MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER

  • Student: Devin L
  • School: Florence Nightingale Middle School
  • Description: Make friends in your new neighborhood and help them combat bullying and other issues by going into their minds and combating the things that are causing their depression.
  • Platform: Gamestar Mechanic
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News To You

NEWS LITERACY HIGH SCHOOL WINNER

  • Students: Stephanie R, Louis P
  • School: STEM Academy of Hollywood
  • Description: There’s been an accident! It’s up to you to investigate the scene, be aware of every aspect, and determine the truth of what happened.
  • Platform: Scratch
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Gossip!

NEWS LITERACY MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER

  • Students: Celeste V, Phoebe C, Julissa M, Giselle M
  • School: South Gate Middle School
  • Description: Help Abby, the creator of social media app Connect, to moderate her app by identifying and removing posts that spread untrue gossip.
  • Platform: Scratch

ATLANTA

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City Simulator

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

  • High School
  • Student: Kol G
  • School: Maynard Jackson High School
  • Description: When should you use a stop sign versus a stoplight, and how should the stoplights be configured? Control the traffic congestion of an ever-growing and changing city by deciding the design of each intersection.
  • Platform: Javascript
healthyHabits

Healthy Habits

BEST GAMEPLAY HIGH SCHOOL WINNER

  • Student: Koen V
  • School: PTC
  • Description: Inhabit a future where people ride jetpacks and drones carry food for airborne commuters to grab on their way home. Can you gather healthy food while avoiding unhealthy choices as you zoom across the sky?
  • Platform: Unity
buildATown

Build-A-Town

BEST USE OF THEME HIGH SCHOOL WINNER

  • Students: Ian W, Neiko A, Parth P
  • School: Rockdale Magnet
  • Description: As a city planner, it’s up to you to design the most walkable neighborhood possible while balancing housing, economy, budgets, and more. Choose your structure wisely as each one impacts the neighborhood in a different way!
  • Platform: Scratch
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StreetCell

MOST CREATIVE HIGH SCHOOL WINNER

  • Students: Matthew M, William B, Jabari M
  • School: A.R. Johnson
  • Description: Combat disease by eliminating all the viruses before the time runs out! Can you save America from the diseases threatening the country?
  • Platform: Scratch
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Crime Out!

MOST CREATIVE MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER

  • Students: Brady F, Ryan M
  • School: Vickery Creek MS
  • Description: The city is installing smart cameras to catch criminals and it’s up to you to identify criminals in the crowd to teach the cameras how to recognize them!
  • Platform: Scratch
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Clean The City

BEST GAMEPLAY MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER

  • Student: Justin X
  • School: River Trail Middle School
  • Description: As a trash-collecting robot, it’s your duty to gather as trash much as possible. How long can you hold out until garbage overtakes the city?
  • Platform: Scratch
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Choose Out Pollution

BEST USE OF THEME MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER

  • Students: Vedant B, Arnav S
  • School: Vickery Creek MS
  • Description: As a government official, it’s up to you to decide on projects to approve for city development such as renewable energy sources and public wifi. Keep that budget balanced while maintaining city health!
  • Platform: Scratch

DETROIT

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The Nightmare Adventures of the Whisp

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

BEST GAMEPLAY WINNER

  • High School
  • Student: Nathan C
  • School: Northville High School
  • Description: You play as a wisp. Your job is to deal with objects that are wasting either water or electricity.
  • Platform: Unity
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Driver-less Cars in Detroit

MOST ORIGINAL HIGH SCHOOL WINNER

  • Student: Andrew K
  • School: Livonia Career and Technical Center
  • Description: Your character is an autonomous car in Detroit. In the game, autonomous cars are used as taxi and Uber cars. You need to make sure you don’t run out of gas, so that you can get to your customers.
  • Platform: Unity
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City Park Cleanup

BEST STYLE HIGH SCHOOL WINNER

  • Student: Slate S
  • School: Livonia Career and Technical Center
  • Description: Go around and cleanup the city park. Move around the game world and collect things like leftover food and discarded oil cans.
  • Platform: Unity
cityCleanUp

City Clean Up

MOST TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL WINNER

  • Student: Vicent C
  • School: Livonia Career and Technical Center
  • Description: You have to go around the city and clean it up as well as helping the people around the city.
  • Platform: Unity
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Connecting Through Energy

BEST USE OF THEME MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER

  • Student: Victoria H
  • School: Detroit Edison Public School Academy
  • Description: The world is losing power so you have to restore some cities by supplying and connecting them with renewable energy. The task is done through mazes and questions.
  • Platform: Scratch

PITTSBURGH

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Garret at Chameleon School

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

  • Theme: Kindness & Empathy – Middle School
  • Student: Kendall C
  • School: Blackhawk Middle School
  • Description: Follow Garrett the gecko as he navigates the difficulties of being the only non-chameleon at his school, first by trying to fit in, and later by embracing his differences.
  • Platform: Gamemaker Studio
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Chasing Dreams

KINDNESS & EMPATHY MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER

  • Student: Kathryn B
  • School: Pittsburgh Gifted Center
  • Description: Play as Sky, a girl who discovers her world is being disturbed by flames caused by a mysterious source. Avoid the flames and provide love and acceptance to a new friend in order to halt the flames.
  • Platform: Scratch

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