Monthly Archives: March 2016

Meet the Winners of the 2015 National STEM Video Game Challenge

by Katy Svehaug
March 31, 2016

From gravity-defying platform games to science puzzles loaded with informative trivia, the 2015 winners of the National STEM Video Game Challenge never cease to amaze. Learn more about each of the winners and their game designs by exploring their profiles below. Middle School Winners Matthew Bellavia | Gravity Galaxy Lance … 







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Brooklyn Humphrey

Meet the Winners: Brooklyn Humphrey

by Katy Svehaug
March 31, 2016

Brooklyn Humphrey, 13, was inspired to build her first video game in an engineering class at her middle school. “I was learning how to program robots,” she explains, “plus my dad was trying to learn how to make video games, and I wanted to try too.” The Auburn, Washington resident … 







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Thariq Ridha and Umair Zaidi

Meet the Winners: Thariq Ridha and Umair Zaidi

by Katy Svehaug
March 31, 2016

When Thariq Ridha, 14, learned about the National STEM Video Game Challenge from his parents, he was quick to confer with his friend Umair Zaidi, 16, about developing a game for the competition. Together, the Beaverton, Oregon-based duo developed B.L.O.B. (short for Big Lump of Blobs), a video game that … 







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Gabriel Rocero

Meet the Winners: Gabriel Rocero

by Katy Svehaug
March 31, 2016

Having grown up as a gamer, Gabriel Rocero, 17, jumped at the chance to enroll in the video game program at his high school. “I’d always dreamed of making my own,” explains the Temple, Texas resident. When a teacher informed him about the 2015 National STEM Video Game Challenge, he … 







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A Year of Deeper Thinking: Jason Yip On His Cooney Center Fellowship

by Administrator
March 30, 2016

Jason Yip was a Research Fellow here at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center in 2013-14. He is currently a Senior Fellow here as well as an assistant professor at the University of Washington. We asked him to share some highlights from his time here, as well as what he is … 







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Can Playful Learning Prepare Kids to Be Better Global Citizens?

by Jordan Shapiro
March 29, 2016

Back in January, I joined the Joan Ganz Cooney Center as a Senior Fellow. It is a perfect fit. I’ve been a fan of the Center’s work for a while, writing regularly about its research reports for my Forbes Blog. Many of the folks at the center have also been … 







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Thomas Cannon

Meet the Winners: Thomas Cannon

by Katy Svehaug
March 29, 2016

When 15-year-old Thomas Cannon began to feel limited by the customization options available while playing his favorite video games, his solution was simple: He would learn to program and build his own characters and stories. The San Jose, California-based student first heard about the National STEM Video Game Challenge when … 







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Zach Harmon

Meet the Winners: Zack Harmon

by Katy Svehaug
March 28, 2016

Back in 2009, an interest in animation led Litchfield, Ohio native Zack Harmon, 17, to start experimenting with interactive design in GameMaker. Over six years later, his passion for programming has evolved into a self-proclaimed addiction—and resulted in an award-winning video game. Zack’s game, Gongbat, features an ancient creature that … 







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Meet the Winners: Ethan Pang

by Katy Svehaug
March 21, 2016

At 13 years old, Ethan Pang’s path to programming was surprisingly simple—he enjoyed playing video games, became interested in writing code, and decided to combine the two by creating a game of his own. After watching a handful of videos made by a programming professor on YouTube, Ethan began developing … 







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Meet the Winners: John Ripple and John Korhel

by Katy Svehaug
March 17, 2016

John Ripple, 14, and John Korhel, 14, share a common love of math and video games. Building on their mutual interests, the Parker, Colorado-based friends produced The Cube’s Journey, a platform game that follows an artificially intelligent cube’s journey to freedom—battling enemies, avoiding traps, and collecting gold bars along the … 







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