LOS ANGELES

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

We are recruiting teachers from Los Angeles public schools for professional development in game design and game-based learning. 20 teachers will be trained to run game design courses at Los Angeles area schools.

Apply via our teacher application form by July 1, 2017.

The Games for Change Student Challenge invites middle school and high school students in Los Angeles Unified School District to learn game design, make games about social issue themes, and join a citywide competition for the chance to win awesome prizes.

The 2018 Challenge themes will be announced in Spring 2017.

STUDENTS CREATE GAMES ABOUT REAL-WORLD ISSUES & WIN AWESOME PRIZES
GAME JAMS & PROFESSIONAL GAME DESIGNER MENTORS
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GAME DESIGN FOR EDUCATORS
ENGAGE WITH CIVIC ISSUES & BUILD 21ST CENTURY SKILLS

CHALLENGE TIMELINE

APRIL – MAY 2017

TEACHER RECRUITMENT BEGINS

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

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 until the deadline of March 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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ABOUT

The Games for Change Student Challenge is a game design competition that invites middle and high school students to create digital games about real-world issues impacting their communities. The best games are celebrated at an awards ceremony and public arcade of student games in each Challenge city. Students are awarded internships, career development opportunities, and mentorships. In each city, educators receive training to run game design courses, and mentorships are provided to students by professional game designers. The Los Angeles Challenge is supported by the Annenberg Foundation and Annenberg Learner, and implemented in collaboration with educational nonprofits Institute of Play and Mouse.

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Games for Change (G4C) is a nonprofit that empowers creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using digital games that help people to learn, improve their communities, and contribute to make the world a better place. G4C incubates game projects; convenes stakeholders, produces game arcades and events to engage the public; teaches game design to educators and youth to advance learning and civic participation; and fosters the exchange of ideas and resources through workshops and consulting projects.

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The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation established in 1989. The Foundation supports the worldwide community through its grantmaking, technical assistance and direct charitable activities.

Born on the premise that visionary communications can improve the public well-being, the Annenberg Foundation has partnered with L.A.’s tech leaders to explore how the intersection of technology and philanthropy can benefit our city. AnnenbergTech is a three-pronged initiative that includes thought leadership, capacity building and pilot partnerships aimed at coordinating efforts between L.A.’s nonprofits, in need of greater technology resources, and tech titans seeking ways to engage with the city through philanthropy and civic leadership.

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Annenberg Learner is the education division of the Annenberg Foundation, created to “Advance Excellent Teaching in American Schools.” For more than three decades, Annenberg Learner has pursued this mission by funding and distributing multimedia resources, including video, print, and interactive web materials, for the professional development of teachers. These resources in all discipline areas help teachers to stay up-to-date in their fields and to use current learning research in their classrooms. More than 100 multimedia courses and workshops are streamed free through www.learner.org. Annenberg Learner also partners with like-minded organizations to create valuable learning experiences for K-12 educators. As the name Annenberg Learner implies, its focus is on the teacher, as well as the student, as a learner.