Game Plan FAQ

Q: Who is eligible to apply?
Any museum located in one of the 50 States of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.
 
Q: How are you defining a “museum”?
We are using this definition provided by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. If you are unfamiliar with this definition please review it, and please also note: “Museums include, but are not limited to, aquariums, arboretums, art museums, botanical gardens, children’s/youth museums, general museums (those having two or more significant disciplines), historic houses/sites, history museums, natural history/anthropology museums, nature centers, planetariums, science/technology centers, specialized museums (limited to a single distinct subject), and zoological parks.”
 
Q: Do we apply as an institution or do our educators apply individually?
There are two options for applying.
Option 1: Any museum staff member can apply on behalf of their institution here.
Option 2: Any independent educator can apply (in collaboration with a museum) here. The educator is responsible for recruiting the partnering museum.
 
Q: Can a single employee participate or is more desirable or required?
At least one educator is required. Two is preferred. Any more than two is up to the discretion of the museum and Games for Change. Please reach out if you would like to discuss participation of more than two museum educators.
 
Q: What kind of time is required? How much time do you anticipate each person would need to spend? How long are each of the three training courses? How much time do you anticipate would be spent working with the downloadable materials and in office hours, game jams, and culminating events?
While it will vary by site, we anticipate:

  • 10 hours of training per course.
  • 30 hours of instruction, adapted by each institution.
  • Optional office hours, game jams, and culminating events are available for the youth learners but not required by museum educators.
  • Optional online community for museum educators.

Q: Do all of the events take place during normal business hours, east coast time?
Activity will take place during normal business hours, and scheduling will take into account time zones.
 
Q: What is the amount of the stipend?
$3,000 will be provided to the museum.
 
Q: I am overseas and/or not in NYC, Los Angeles, Detroit, or Atlanta. Can I apply?
Yes! There is something here for everyone.
 
40 U.S.-based museums will be accepted into Cohort A. These museums will predominantly be from the four primary cities, but slots will be open to other cities as well. Members of Cohort A will receive all of the core components of Game Plan:

  • A $3,000 stipend to each selected museum.
  • Membership within a new, nationwide community of games-based museum educators
  • Online professional development training (3 courses; 30 hours)
  • Downloadable curricular materials for localization within each museum
  • Virtual game jams and office hours for interactive learning and skill building
  • A nation-wide student competition, themed on resilience in the age of COVID-19
  • Culminating Game Plan event exhibiting youth games that celebrate student achievement with juried prizes. Youth will be competing against entries from the other Cohort A museums.
  • Subsidized admission and potential to present at the 2021 G4C Festival (July 12 – 14)

 
All eligible U.S.-based museums who apply for Game Plan but are not accepted into Cohort A will be offered the opportunity to join Cohort B. The core components that will be offered to members of Cohort B are the following:

  • Membership within a new, nationwide community of games-based museum educators
  • Downloadable curricular materials for localization within each museum
  • A nation-wide student competition, themed on resilience in the age of COVID-19
  • Culminating nation-wide Student Challenge event exhibiting youth games that celebrate student achievement with juried prizes. (You can view last year’s 2020 G4C Student Challenge Competition Awards Ceremony here). Youth will be competing against all entries in the nation-wide Student Challenge (which includes schools, individual entries, and more).

 
Finally, only U.S.-based museums can apply for the full resources of Game Plan. However, all eligible international museums who apply will be offered the opportunity to join Cohort C. In addition, any eligible US-based museum who exclusively serves elementary students will also be invited to participate in Cohort C. The core components that will be offered to members of Cohort C are the following:

  • Membership within a new, nationwide community of games-based museum educators
  • Downloadable curricular materials for localization within each museum
  • Note: International youth are not eligible to submit to either competition

 
Q: I work with museums but not currently at a museum
If you can find an eligible museum to partner with, you can apply as a team.
 
Q: I am not a museum, but in education.
This opportunity is specifically to support the capacity of museums.
 
Q: Can more than one educator apply from the same museum?
Final selection by Games For Change will be based on the museum, not the individual educators. Museums decide which educators are involved.
 
Q: When will decisions be made?
Final decisions will be made on a rolling basis after December 18th.
 
Q: When will the program begin?
Mid- to late January. Exact dates TBD.
 
Q: How many museums will be accepted into the program?
Our first cohort is designed for 40 participating museums.