Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign (President Obama’s initiative to focus and promote STEM subjects on a national level), the National STEM Video Game Challenge is a competition for middle and high school students who are passionate about video games. The competition is currently ongoing, and the last submissions will be accepted April 24, 2013.
Games are judged on three components: engaging game-play, creativity, and a well-balanced game-play. They can be created with any platform, although commonly used game-design programs include Gamestar Mechanic, Gamemaker, Kodu and Scratch. Students can also simply write-up their design in detail and submit that if they are not inclined to create a mock-up of their game.
For a brief overview of the challenge, watch this video from last year’s competition below: