PITTSBURGH

THE GAMES FOR CHANGE CHALLENGE INVITES STUDENTS TO DESIGN AND CODE GAMES ABOUT REAL-WORLD ISSUES IMPACTING OUR COMMUNITIES.

Middle school and high school students enrolled in Pittsburgh-area public school districts can join the competition for the chance to win prizes like meeting professional game designers, cool new gaming gear, and career opportunities in tech and civic service.

Games for Change is working with the Sprout Fund to run the Challenge in Pittsburgh.

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HOW PITTSBURGH STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN THE CHALLENGE

  1. Pick one of the three themes:
    1. Climate Change
    2. Future Communities
    3. Local Stories & Immigrant Voices
  2. Research your theme, attend a Moveable Game Jam in Pittsburgh or conduct interviews in your own neighborhood.
  3. Make a digital game that tackles your theme. Work individually or in a small team.
  4. Submit your game by April 12, 2017.

Any middle or high school student enrolled in a Pittsburgh public school can participate! Check that you meet the eligibility requirements and review the submission guidelines. Submit your game through the submission portal on the Student Challenge website starting February 7, 2017.

CHALLENGE TIMELINE

OCTOBER 2016

PROGRAM LAUNCHES

Challenge opens in NYC, Dallas and Pittsburgh with game design courses in 24 schools and game jams across Pittsburgh.

JANUARY 2016

GAME DESIGN BEGINS

Students encouraged to choose one of the three Challenge themes and make a game to submit to the competition.

FEBRUARY 2017

SUBMISSION PORTAL OPENS

Students can submit their games on the Challenge website until the deadline of April 12, 2017.

APRIL 2017

Evaluation & Judging

Submissions evaluated on gameplay, creativity and content. Two winners per theme and one Grand Prize winner will be selected in Pittsburgh.

JUNE 2017

AWARDS CEREMONY & PRIZES

Prizes awarded at ceremony and exhibition in Pittsburgh. Grand Prize winner presented onstage at the 2017 G4C Festival in NYC.

24 SCHOOLS ACROSS PITTSBURGH RUNNING GAME DESIGN COURSES

Educators at middle and high schools served by Intermediate Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 27, and 28 were eligible to apply to receive PD in game design to teach a course at their school. 24 teachers from Pittsburgh were selected by the Sprout Fund to receive training to run game design courses at their schools. Students in the courses are learning how to use Gamestar Mechanic and Scratch through the Mouse Serious Game Design curriculum. Professional game designers provide advice to students and conduct classroom visits throughout the school year.

ADDITIONAL STUDENT COURSES & PROGRAMS IN PITTSBURGH

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

GIRLS OF STEEL – A competitive FIRST Robotics team open to girls in the Pittsburgh area regardless of financial resources.

THE LABS AT CLP – Teen-only spaces at five branches of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh where young people can make music, produce videos, design video games, and borrow tech tools.

YMCA LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT – Free afterschool program for high school students interested in media production, music performance, game design, and other creative tech projects.

ASSEMBLE– A community space for arts and technology offering free, drop-in activities and ongoing programs that combine art making and technology.

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.