Encourage STEM Education Through Video Games

April 14, 2011

Students from across the nation have recently been recognized for their original video game designs at the first annual National STEM Video Game Challenge.  Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama’s Initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, The National STEM Video Game Challenge aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping students’ natural passions for playing and making video games. 

 

The first year of the challenge featured competitions for students and developers.  Twelve students from across the U.S in grades 5 – 8 were selected as winners of the Youth Prize for their original game designs.  The Youth Prize winners were selected from a group of over 500 entries for their ability to use STEM concepts to design engaging, innovative and well-balanced games.   The students will receive an EMD-based laptop computer and educational software.  A cash prize of $2000 will also be awarded to their school or a non-profit organization of their choice. 

The organizations outreach partners believe that the process of making video games isn’t just fun, it can help you develop valuable skills our country needs – skills like critical thinking, problem solving, and creative design. 

For more information on the STEM Video Game Challenge visit www.stemchallenge.org.