NEW YORK CITY

DESIGN GAMES ABOUT REAL-WORLD ISSUES AFFECTING YOUR COMMUNITY

The G4C Student Challenge is a citywide competition that invites NYC middle and high school students to create games about issues impacting their communities. Winning games are celebrated at an awards ceremony where students receive recognition, awesome prizes and career-oriented experiential opportunities.

CHALLENGE TIMELINE

JULY 2019

TEACHER APPLICATIONS OPEN

Teachers apply to join the year-long program.

AUGUST 2019

Selection of Teachers

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

SEPTEMBER 2019

Challenge Launch

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

JANUARY 2020

Competition Launch

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

FEBRUARY 2020

Teacher Meet-Up

Educators receive additional training and prep for the competition.

MARCH 2020

Competition Deadline & Jury Evaluation

Submission portal closes; games are evaluated by industry professionals.

JUNE 2020

Awards Ceremony & Prizes

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

NYC PARTNERS

ANCHOR PARTNER
GAMES FOR CHANGE
PROGRAM PARTNERS
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MAP OF COHORT SCHOOLS IN NYC

Over 75 teachers from all five NYC boroughs 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 & PROGRAMS IN NYC

If you’re looking for even more opportunities to do cool projects with technology, here are a few more teen programs offered in New York City.

CODENOW – Practice coding at your own pace throughout high school.

iD TECH + TECH ROCKET – Offering camps and year-round online coding courses for kids.

NEW YORK CODE + DESIGN ACADEMY – Hands-on coding courses.

NEW YORK ON TECH – TECH360 is a free, 9-week after-school program for 10th-12th graders enrolled in NYC schools. Learn the fundamentals of web development, develop a portfolio of technology projects, gain priority eligibility into the Tech Flex Leaders program and get to participate in professionals opportunities at companies in NYC.

PER SCHOLAS: NEW YORK – Free IT job training in cities where it is needed most.

PIXEL ACADEMY MINI CAMPS – Single-day mini-camps on most school holidays throughout the fall in NYC.

THE CODING SPACE – Coding for students of all ages, beginners through advanced.

THE KNOWLEDGE HOUSE – Program dedicated to bringing innovation, technology and entrepreneurship to the south Bronx.

ZANIAC – Several programs are offered after school and during the summer to teach students K-8 math and technology through project-based learning.  Programs run through the office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PARTNER?

Games for Change is expanding the Challenge program for 2019 – 2020 and seeking both national and local partnerships. For information on how to get involved, email studentchallenge@gamesforchange.org.