NEW YORK CITY

THE GAMES FOR CHANGE CHALLENGE INVITES STUDENTS TO MAKE VIDEO GAMES ABOUT REAL-WORLD ISSUES IMPACTING OUR COMMUNITIES.

Games for Change is recruiting teachers from middle and high schools in the NYC Department of Education for professional development in game design and game-based learning.

20 teachers will be selected from across all five boroughs to receive professional development in game design. These teachers will then run a special 20-week Serious Game Design Mouse.org course in their schools, teaching students how to make digital games about real-world issues.

The Games for Change Student Challenge is a citywide competition that encourages NYC 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

JULY 2017

TEACHER RECRUITMENT BEGINS

Application form open for NYC teachers to apply for professional development in game design.

AUGUST 2017

SELECTION OF TEACHERS

20 teachers selected for program. Teachers will be notified last week of August.

SEPTEMBER 2017

TEACHER TRAINING & CHALLENGE LAUNCH

Teachers receive two days of training on September 14–15, 2017. 20-week game design courses launch in schools.

JANUARY 2018

SUBMISSION PORTAL OPENS

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

APRIL–MAY 2018

CHALLENGE DEADLINE & JURY PROCESS

Submissions evaluated by jury on gameplay, creativity, and content.

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 NYC RUNNING GAME DESIGN COURSES

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 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.