DETROIT

CALL FOR TEACHERS! APPLY TO RECEIVE VIRTUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN IMPACT GAME DESIGN AND JOIN THE G4C STUDENT CHALLENGE

Middle/high public school teachers in Detroit and the greater metro area can apply to receive virtual professional development in social impact game design and to participate in the 2020-2021 G4C Student Challenge program. 

The program is open to teachers from diverse backgrounds and concentrations; no prior experience with computer science or game design is required.  Applications are now open!

Deadline to apply: September 25

WHY EDUCATORS SHOULD JOIN THE PROGRAM:

  • Equips teachers with a powerful tool to engage and excite STEAM learning
  • It supports development of important 21st-century/STEM skills – and opportunity for assessment of student growth
  • Builds civic engagement and addresses important real-world issues
  • Exposes students to career pathways and games industry professionals
  • The program is highly flexible and can be adapted for virtual, hybrid, and in-person learning (can easily pivot between the different learning environments)
  • It helps keep students engaged and connected in a virtual environment

CHALLENGE TIMELINE

AUGUST 2020

TEACHER APPLICATIONS OPEN

Teachers apply to join the year-long program.

SEPTEMBER 2020

Selection of Teachers

Teacher applications are vetted; new teachers are accepted into program and returning teachers rejoin.

OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2020

Challenge Launch

Teachers are trained during 2 days of professional development; game courses launch in schools.

JANUARY 2021

Teacher Meet-UP

Educators receive additional training and prep for the competition.

FEBRUARY 2021

Competition Launch

Competition opens for submissions; students have two months to submit their games.

APRIL 2021

Competition Deadline & Jury Evaluation

Submission portal closes; games are evaluated by industry professionals.

JUNE 2021

Awards Ceremony & Prizes

Student finalists showcase their games and winners are revealed at a culminating Awards Ceremony.

DETROIT PARTNERS

ANCHOR PARTNER
GAMES FOR CHANGE
PROGRAM PARTNERS
GENERAL MOTORS

MAP OF COHORT SCHOOLS IN DETROIT

More than 20 teachers from Detroit and the greater metro area were selected to receive training to run game design courses at their schools. Students in the courses are learning how to use Scratch and Unity through the Mouse Impact Game Design curriculum.

ADDITIONAL STUDENT COURSES & OPPORTUNITIES IN DETROIT

AccelerateKID Clubs – Gaming and coding clubs in Madison Heights and Wixom 

CodeKey – After school coding club in Novi, focussing on building STEM skills

DAPCEP – Saturday STEM courses on university, professional, and community campuses

DHDC – a non-profit organization that offers a range of after-school and summer youth programs; it is also the official Best Buy Teen Tech Center of Detroit. 

Digerati Girls – An after school program for girls in grades 6-12

JOURNi – Offering courses, enrichment, and summer camps

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PARTNER?

Games for Change is expanding the Challenge program for 2020 – 2021 and seeking both national and local partnerships. For information on how to get involved, email studentchallenge@gamesforchange.org.