LOS ANGELES

STUDENTS ARE CHALLENGED TO CREATE DIGITAL GAMES ABOUT REAL-WORLD ISSUES IMPACTING THEIR COMMUNITIES

The Games for Change Student Challenge is a citywide competition that encourages Los Angeles youth to create games about issues impacting their communities. Winning games are celebrated at an awards ceremony where students receive game prizes, mentorships and scholarships.

DESIGN GAMES ABOUT CONSERVATION, MEDIA LITERACY & KINDNESS
PARTICIPATE IN GAME JAMS & MEET PRO GAME DESIGNERS
ENGAGE WITH CIVIC ISSUES & BUILD 21ST CENTURY SKILLS
LEARN THE POWER OF GAME-BASED LEARNING

CHALLENGE TIMELINE

APRIL – MAY 2017

TEACHER RECRUITMENT BEGINS

LA teachers invited to apply for professional development in game design.

JUNE 2017

SELECTION OF TEACHERS

20 teachers selected for program. Teachers will be notified in June 2017.

AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2017

TEACHERS TRAINING & CHALLENGE LAUNCH

Teachers receive two days of training to run game design courses in schools.

SEPTEMBER 2017

GAME DESIGN PROGRAM BEGINS

Students enroll in game design courses, attend game jams and workshops, and learn how to tackle social issues by creating games.

JANUARY 2018

SUBMISSION PORTAL OPENS

Students have two months to submit their games to the competition (Deadline of April 1, 2018).

MARCH – APRIL 2018

CHALLENGE DEADLINE & JURY PROCESS

Submissions evaluated by jury on gameplay, creativity, and content. Winners will be notified in May 2018.

JUNE 2018

AWARDS CEREMONY & PRIZES

Prizes awarded to winning students at ceremony and public arcade of students’ games.

PARTNERS

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20 SCHOOLS ACROSS LA RUNNING GAME DESIGN COURSES

Teachers from all LA 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 Serious Game Design curriculum. Professional game designers provide mentorship to students and conduct classroom visits throughout the school year.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PARTNER?

Games for Change is expanding the Challenge program for 2017–2018 and seeking both national and local partnerships. For information on how to get involved, email studentchallenge@gamesforchange.org.