Create your own video game for a chance to win $500!

The Game Design Challenge empowers K-12 students to create their own video game through a collaborative, creative and critical thinking journey. IGDA and Legends of Learning are proud to host the Spring '22 Game Design Challenge!

The theme for the Spring ’22 Game Design Challenge is Games For All

The goal of this theme is for all participants to create a video game that cultivates inclusion among players in a collaborative way. Dell, along with Legends of Learning and IGDA, firmly believes in equity within our communities, and that technology (including video games!) is a way to bridge the gaps between people of different genders, cultures, orientations, socioeconomic statuses and abilities. 


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How the Game Design Challenge Works

1: Register Student Teams
1: Register Student Teams

Teachers and parents of K-12 students are welcome to register teams of 1-5 students!

2: Get Hands On
2: Get Hands On

Use the provided lesson plans to guide students through hands-on activities to create their own game.

3: Learn from the Best
3: Learn from the Best

Join weekly presentations from industry experts like Dell, Unity, and Roblox!

4: Submit Project
4: Submit Project

Submit your project by May 1st at 11:59 pm PST.

The Game Design Challenge offers students the opportunity to:
Deepen their knowledge within STEAM
Students explore STEAM in a fun and practical manner
Build collaboration skills
Working as a team, students' shared interaction fosters teamwork and flexibility mindsets.
Strengthen critical thinking skills
Creating a solution to a challenge requires students to think critically and use problem-solving skillsets.
Have fun and take pride in creating a new game
Students will take pride in their unique solution to a present-day challenge.
Foster 21st Century Skills
Establishing social relationships and a heightened sense of trusted intuition are building blocks for greater problem solving abilities in real life and for living in the modern world.




Winner Selection

The winning teams will be announced on May 12, 2022, at 5 pm EST. Each submission timely received and not otherwise disqualified will be scored out of 1,000 points, based on the criteria below.


The two (2) Grand Prize winning teams will each receive a $500 Amazon gift card as well as a premium swag bag with merchandise from our sponsors. Ten (10) Runner Up winners will each receive a swag bag with a variety of merchandise from our sponsors.


Grand Prize Winners:

  • Cultural Quintuplets (North East Independent School District, TX)
  • The Winning Team (Ephrata Area School District, PA)
  • Humanity Savers (Toronto District School Board, Canada)

Runner Up Winners:

  • The Land of Algebra (Manatee County School District, FL)
  • Powerhouse Games (North East Independent School District, TX)
  • H&M Gaming (Charleston County School District, SC)
  • The Low Budget Company (Toronto District School Board, Canada)
  • Global Gourmet (North East Independent School District, TX)
  • Team Ritter (Cobb County School District, GA)
  • Team Braincells (Toronto District School Board, Canada)
  • Asteroid Allies (North East Independent School District, TX)
  • Monster73 (Pembina Trails School Division, Canada)
  • Pie Rats (North East Independent School District, TX)

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Grills (Dekalb County Schools, GA)
  • Time Travelling Platypus (Los Alamitos Unified School District, CA)
  • Pizza Heroes (Amboy Community Unit School District 272, IL)
  • Strategic Sloths (Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • Magis ICT (Mandaue City, Philippines)
  • Tangy Peak Studios (Cobb County School District, GA)
  • GLITTER FORCE (Concept Schools, OH)
  • Code Minds (North Allegheny School District, PA)
  • M.A.L.T (Medford School District, OR)
  • Chorus Gamer (USD 273, KS)
  • The Breakfast Club (Central Consolidated Schools, NM)
  • Arisha (DeKalb County Schools, GA)
  • The EleMental League (Driscoll Independent School District, TX)
  • Ream Team (Ephrata Area School District, PA)
  • Unity Realm (Cobb County School District, GA)
  • Beans INC (Toronto District School Board, Canada)
  • Game Force (Toronto District School Board, Canada)
  • Da Bois Around Da World (Ephrata Area School District, PA)
  • Cobra Coding (Toronto District School Board, Canada)
  • Keepers of the Lost Minecraft Cities (Toronto District School Board, Canada)
Scoring Criteria
Completeness & Detail:
Completeness & Detail:
0 - 350 Points
Creativity & Theme Integration:
Creativity & Theme Integration:
0 - 350 Points
Originality, Game Mechanics & Play:
Originality, Game Mechanics & Play:
0 - 300 Points
Submit Projects By:
Submit Projects By:
May 1, 2022

Teacher and Parent Resources



  • What grade levels of students are able to participate?
    All K-12 students are welcome to participate.
  • How many students can be on a team?
    To encourage fellowship and collaboration, students can work independently or in teams of up to 5 people.
  • Who can register a team?  How many teams can you register?
    Teachers, homeschool teachers, parents, and guardians can register a team.  You are welcome to register multiple teams for the Challenge.  The deadline to register a team is May 1st at 11:59 pm PST.


About the Co-Hosts

Legends of Learning

Children need new education heroes: teachers dedicated to using modern and engaging methods for delivering their curriculum. Legends of Learning helps teachers make classrooms fun and productive learning environments through research-driven curriculum-based games. We use ongoing original research to create a marketplace filled with an epic range of curriculum-based games for stronger subject mastery and classroom engagement.

Currently, over two million US-based students actively use Legends of Learning.  100,000+ teachers in all 50 states use the platform to engage their students in math and science, creating an equitable learning environment where students can use multiple representations to solve problems and progress at their own rate, allowing for differentiation based on student needs. 30,000+ school buildings and 10,000+ unique school districts use our innovative approach to game-based learning as a primary vehicle for instruction to promote problem-solving, reasoning, and discourse in mathematics and science.


International Game Developers Association

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is the world’s largest nonprofit membership organization serving all individuals who create games.

The IGDA is a U.S.-based 501(c)6 non-profit professional association and a global network of collaborative projects and communities of individuals from all fields of game development. The IGDA’s diverse membership encompasses programmers and producers, designers and artists, writers, business people, QA team members, localization experts, and anyone else who participates in the game development process.

The mission of the IGDA is to support and empower game developers around the world in achieving fulfilling and sustainable careers.

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