National STEM Video Game Challenge Workshops

We are excited to announce that a series of workshops for the National STEM Video Game Challenge are launching this Saturday! 

 

The Challenge, launched in 2010, is a multi-year competition that aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America's youth by tapping into students' natural passion for playing and making video games. Middle and high school students across the country are asked to create original video games, individually or as teams, and to submit their games for the opportunity to win important recognition for themselves and their communities. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center and E-Line Media are co-presenters of the STEM Challenge.

 

This year, with support from the Hive Learning Network NYC, Global Kids and E-Line Media are facilitating game design workshops at different organizations throughout the city to teach game design skills and register youth for the Challenge! These workshops are free and open to any youth grades 5-12. We are also offering a special workshop just for educators. 

 

Workshops Are:

  • Free and offer refreshments
  • Open to students grades 5-12 
  • No game design experience necessary

 

Read on for a list of workshops and their activities as well as information about how to sign up. 

 

Round 1 Youth Workshops - Intro to Game Design & STEM Challenge

Saturday, February 2, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Brooklyn Public Library | Info here

Sunday, February 10, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | American Museum of Natural History | Register here

Sunday, February 17, time TBD | Museum of the Moving Image (this event is running differently) | Info & Register her

Saturday, March 23, time TBD | Iridescent Learning 

Saturday, April 6, time 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | New York Hall of Science Register here

 

  • Hands-on activities to learn game design principles
  • Design your own game
  • Introduction and registration for STEM Challenge

 

Round 2 Youth Workshops - 

Wednesday, February 20, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Brooklyn Public Library | Info here

Monday, February 18, time TBD | Museum of the Moving Image (this event is running differently) | Info & Register here

Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | American Museum of Natural History Register here

Sunday, April 14, time TBD| New York Hall of Science 

 

  • Follow-up for youth who have designed games for the Challenge
  • Feedback for youth designers from game design professionals

 

Educator Workshop

Wednesday, February 27, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. | New York Public Library | Register here

 

  • Hands-on activities to learn game design principles
  • Activities for integrating game design in youth programs
  • Introduction to Gamestar Mechanic
  • Introduction to the STEM Challenge

 

How To Sign Up

Each workshop location has its own details and RSVP information, which will be listed next to the date of the workshop. Please continue to check this post for the most updated registration links.