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Combining Creativity and STEM Skills Through Video Game Design

April 4, 2016

Almost every child in the United States plays video games—91% of children ages 2-17, according to NPD. But how many kids make their own video games? I could not find any reliable statistics. Nowadays, one barely needs to write a line of code in order to build a video game … 







2016 STEM Challenge Launches!

by Allison Mishkin
April 4, 2016

We are excited to launch the 2016 National STEM Video Game Challenge, a competition that transforms student passions for game play into a pathway towards gaining core STEM problem solving skills… all while designing their own video games! Students are invited to create playable games on any platform or to … 







Meet the Winners of the 2015 National STEM Video Game Challenge

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 … 







Meet the Winners: Brooklyn Humphrey

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 … 







Meet the Winners: Thariq Ridha and Umair Zaidi

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 … 







Meet the Winners: Gabriel Rocero

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 … 







Meet the Winners: Thomas Cannon

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 … 







Meet the Winners: Zack Harmon

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 … 







Meet the Winners: Ethan Pang

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 … 







Meet the Winners: John Ripple and John Korhel

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 …