The National STEM Video Game Challenge is accepting entries from U.S. students in grades five through twelve, through February 25, 2015. Students can enter as individuals or in teams of up to four students. Entries can be created using any game-making platform such as Gamestar Mechanic, Scratch, GameMaker, Unity, or a written game design concept document. Entries will be judged on engaging gameplay, innovative/creative vision, and well-balanced game play.
Judges will select winners for each game creation platform in the Middle School and High School categories. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000, as well as game design and educational software. Each winner’s sponsoring organization will receive a cash prize of $2,000.
Nearly 4,000 middle and high school youth participated in the 2013 STEM Challenge. Fifty-four percent of participants received support and mentorship from their teachers and one third of the entries received were created by girls. Previous winners have showcased their games at the White House Science Fair.