Mark your calendars for 3/15/16 if you know anyone in grades 5th-12th who has an interest in video games. March 15th is the day that registration opens for this year’s National STEM Video Game Challenge. Submissions will be due by August 15, 2016 – which means that students will have 6 months, including some summer ones, to develop their games!
The National STEM Video Game Challenge website does not have all of the resources available for this year’s challenge yet, but there are videos from past years that can give you a good idea of what to expect. There were also game design workshops held all over the country during the last challenge, which I expect will happen again.
Game design requires creativity, logic, perseverance, and problem-solving – all essential life skills. It has the added bonus of being fun. If you are not familiar with some of the more common game design resources available for students, this page will give you some places to start.
If you are looking for more “STEM-spiration,” check out my Pinterest Board for lots of ideas!