Thursday, November 24, 2011

National STEM Video Game Challenge

BDPA trains hundreds of students each year in a variety of STEM-based topics. We had about 20 teams represented a few months ago at the 2011 National BDPA High School Computer Competition championships. With all of that talent ... it is time for us to get a little bit gangsta with STEM opportunities outside of the BDPA family.

For example, I would encourage all BDPA members (local, regional or national) to consider making a submission for the 2012 edition of the National STEM Video Game Challenge!   It is time for us to prove that people of African descent can do more than simply play video games ... it is time for us to show that we can also create video games.

This year, there are categories for Middle School (grades 5-8) and High School (grades 9-12) students in which participants can design games individually or in teams with a chance to win prizes like laptop computers and money for their schools or the nonprofit organization of their choice. [NOTE: Please ensure that your choice is the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF)!]

There are also categories for College (undergraduate and graduate) students and Professional Educators. These categories offer a variety of entry streams that encourage designers to create original learning games with an opportunity to win funds, research support, the opportunity to work with industry experts and publicity.

On the Challenge website, you'll find more information on how to enter, prizes, the complete official rules and great resources to help you get started in making your game. Just remember that the entry period closes on March 12, 2012.

If you have any questions about the Challenge, please do not hesitate to contact the folks who can answer by using their online contact form ... or by sending email to

I know that we have BDPA members of all ages that have either played a video game, created a video game or THOUGHT ABOUT creating a video game. If so, I truly hope that you will step up and meet the National STEM Video Game Challenge!

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