If you have an aspiring video game designer at home, this may be their chance to shine. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media have announced the 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge. Details will be available in November, but entries will be open to the following four categories: Middle School, High School, Collegiate and Educator. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and has seen increased focus recently from President Obama and the Department of Education.
While the prizes have yet to be announced, several of the games from the 2010 Challenge have been commercially published. Press coverage has also been extensive. Challenge Sponsors include AMD Foundation, the Entertainment Software Association, Microsoft Xbox 360, and the PBS Kids Ready-to-Learn Initiative. Outreach Partners include the American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, International Game Developers Association, BrainPOP, George Lucas Education Foundation, Girl Scouts of the the USA and One Economy Corporation.
Here’s a great video of the 2010 Youth Prize Winners: