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In 2020, local competitions are offered in the program 'Challenge Cities' - New York City, Los Angeles, Detroit and Atlanta. Students outside of these locations should consult the National Competition page for rules and guidelines.

Challenge Cities are locations across the US, where the program supports teacher cohorts with year-round programming: NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Detroit. The program offers local, citywide competitions (which will be judged independently) that culminate in awards ceremonies and an online arcade of playable games. All participating students and teachers are invited to tune in.  The awards ceremonies will take place in June 2021; details will be announced in the upcoming weeks on the Events Pg.                                          



 Any student enrolled in a public or charter middle/high school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the greater metro areas of Atlanta and Detroit.

 The Competition is open to the following grade levels in each city:

           Atlanta: Grades 6-12

           Detroit: Grades 5-12

           Los Angeles: Grades 6-12

           New York City: Grades 6-12

 Home school students located in the 4 districts are eligible to participate if they report to the DOE.

 If you are not sure if you qualify, please contact us!



Age Guidelines

  Students under 18 must have the consent of a parent, teacher or guardian to submit a game to the competition. Contact information (email and phone number) for this individual must be included on the submission form.

  Students under 13 will need a teacher or guardian to submit a game on their behalf.

  All applicants may be required to provide verification of enrollment, age and parental/legal guardian permission.

Number of Game Submissions

  Applicants may submit one game per theme category (either as an individual or as part of a team).

  Educators may submit a game to the competition on their students’ behalf.

  The content of all games must be in accordance with the Student Challenge Terms of Use



Each Challenge Cities will recognize finalists and winners in the following award categories:

 A Clean & Happy Earth 

           Best Middle School Game

           Best High School Game

 Inclusive Play: Designing Games for All 

           Best Middle School Game

           Best High School Game

 The Human-Animal Bond 

           Best Middle School Game

           Best High School Game

 Get the Party Started (Not available in Atlanta)

           Best Middle School Game

           Best High School Game

 Grand Prize Winner - Best Overall Game



 Winners will be announced during awards ceremonies in June, 2021.

 Competition winners will receive citywide recognition and prizes such as games, technology, theme experiences, industry opportunities and so much more!

Each member of the Grand Prize Winning teams in NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, and the National competition will receive a $1,000 Grand Prize Scholarship.