What: Run a course in your school that combines civic engagement with game design
When: Teachers will complete 2-day professional development workshop in August or September, and the program runs during the 2017-18 school year
How: Apply now for the chance to receive PD and participate in this exciting program
Ever wanted to learn how to teach game design? Apply now to teach your students how to make games about real-world social issues! Twenty LAUSD teachers will be selected to receive professional development training to run a game design course in their classrooms during the 2017–2018 school year, as part of the Games for Change Student Challenge. Teachers will learn how to implement the Mouse game design curriculum, and empower their students to use the design process to create games about real-world issues affecting their communities. Teachers will be trained in August or September, and courses launch in schools in September 2017. Participating students will be encouraged to submit their final games to the Student Challenge competition in April 2018.
Apply via our teacher application form by June 1st, 2017: http://bit.ly/LAteacherapplication
About the National G4C Student Challenge:
The G4C Student Challenge is a digital game design competition that invites middle and high school students to create original games about real-world issues impacting their communities. The 2016-2017 program is currently being run in NYC, Dallas, and Pittsburgh public schools. Challenge winners win prizes such as paid internships and mentorships. An awards ceremony and exhibition of student games will be hosted in each city.
Student learning and teacher PD is supported by online resources, in-person mentorship by professional game designers, game jams and workshops. Through the Challenge’s hands-on game design program, students develop 21st-century skills such as systems thinking and inquiry-based learning by both designing games and engaging in civic problem solving. Teachers learn to use game design as a teaching tool, and communities benefit from students’ active engagement in local issues.