It’s Game on for The National STEM Video Game Challenge

It’s time to get a group together and submit to enter the annual National STEM Video Game Challenge presented by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media. The challenge hopes to inspire students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math through video games.

Entries from US students in Middle School and High School can enter through the website. Both categories can have teams (of up to four students) or individual entries. Entries can be created with any game-making platform or a written game design concept.

Here are some example game making platforms:

  1. Gamestar Mechanic
  2. Microsoft’s Kodu
  3. GameMaker
  4. Scratch

Moms and Dads, please encourage your kids to enter! This is a great way to encourage creative thinking and possibly expose your child to a future career. There will be design workshops and events in cities across the country to help prep for this contest.

Entries are being accepted through April 24, 2013.

“I consider winning the STEM challenge to be one of the best achievements of my life. Creating the game opened my eyes to the world of computers, which I had never even considered to be interesting before,” said Julia Weingaertner, Middle School category winner, 2012 National STEM Challenge.