Monday, March 25, 2013

2013 National STEM Serious Game Challenge Closes In One Month

Serious Games to motivate children's interest in STEM 


The National STEM Video Game Challenge, now in its third edition, is a multi-year competition (please find also 2012National STEM Video Game Challenge Now Open For Entries) that aims to motivate children's interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games. Click on the link below to enter and submit your game – the deadline is April 24, 2013.


The Challenge

Middle and high school youth are encouraged to submit their original game designs for the opportunity to earn recognition and prizes for themselves, as well as monetary prizes for their schools.

Check out below for more information on the prize categories, eligibility and streams for 2013. Then, head over to the Students section to learn about the many tools you can use to make your game and start designing! 


This year, organizers are also offering mentors opportunities to get involved through toolkits, resources and curriculum, all of which can be found on the Mentors section.

Middle School Stream

Who is eligible in the Middle School Category?

US citizens and legal residents
Enrolled in a school in the 50 states or DC or homeschooled
Grades 5-8 (or of equivalent age if homeschooled)

High School Stream

Who is eligible in the High School Category?

US citizens and legal residents
Enrolled in a school in the 50 states or DC or homeschooled
Grades 9-12 (or of equivalent age if homeschooled)

Challenge Entry Streams

Individual Entries

Games made with Gamestar Mechanic
Games made with Gamemaker
Games made with Kodu
Games made with Scratch
Games made with any tool (Open Platform)
Written game design documents

Team Entries

Make a game about any topic using any game creation tool. Limit of four (4) youth per team.

Prizes for each Entry Stream

Each individual winner and each member of a winning team will received an AMD-powered laptop computer with game design and educational software.

Each winning entry will also earn an award of $2,000 for your school (or the non-profit organization of your choice).


National community sponsors and outreach partners have been holding game design workshops and events in cities across the country

For more information, visit http://stemchallenge.org/