Game-Based STEM Competitions

Help keep students excited about science and math with Legends of Learning's FREE STEM competitions

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To help schools, parents, and students with engaging learning activities, we’ve created a program full of game-based STEM competitions with great prizes.

One of our STEM Competitions was featured in the news!  Check out the story here.

The Game-Based Learning STEM Competitions were made possible through the generosity of the following great partners:

              

          

 

To get started, click on one of the competitions below!  If you need help, contact us at support@legendsoflearning.com.

 

Upcoming Competitions

Fall Physical Game Design Competition

November 1st through December 15th, 2021 – Sponsored by Gamewright, Ravensburger, and Calliope Games

Physical games, whether card, dice, or board, present great opportunities to connect, compete, and learn from others.  In the Fall Physical Game Design Competition, students will engage in a hands-on STEM experience with their friends and classmates. The Competition will encourage learning, computational thinking, and fellowship, as well as many other 21st-century skills.  This virtual experience will enable K-12 students to learn more about game development and practice critical thinking while expanding their portfolios.

All submissions are due by 11:59 pm PST on December 15th, 2021.  More information coming soon! 

 

Spring Video Game Design Challenge

April 1st through May 1st, 2022

Video games are a great learning tool.  But, have you ever had the opportunity to learn how to build a video game itself?  Now is your chance!  The Spring Video Game Design Challenge will be a hands-on STEM experience that students can work on with their friends and classmates.  Legends of Learning and International Game Developers Association (IGDA) are hosting this virtual experience that will enable K-12 students to learn more about game development and practice critical thinking while expanding their portfolios.

All submissions are due by 11:59 pm PST on May 1st, 2022.  More information coming soon!

 

Completed Competitions

The Game-Based Learning Design Competition

May 3rd through June 15th, 2020 – Sponsored by Constellation

Your students love playing video games, and we know games can be an amazing learning tool. But, have your students thought about designing their own learning game before? Now is their chance!

In the Game-Based Learning Design Competition, students will compete to help design the next great learning games.

Prizes: The two (2) winning teams will each receive a $500 Amazon gift card and a meeting with the Legends of Learning game development team to discuss their game vision and the game development process.  The ten (10) runner up teams will each receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

Grand Prize Winners:

  • Conservation Team (Broward County Public Schools, FL)
  • Cap02 (Montgomery County Public Schools, MD)

Runner Up Winners:

  • The Champion (Chicago Public Schools, IL)
  • Smart Science (Broward County Public Schools, FL)
  • Video Game Squad (Loudoun County Public Schools, VA)
  • The Adventurers (Polk County Public Schools, FL)
  • Netflix & Poptarts (Latin School of Chicago, IL)
  • The Program of Pie (Loudoun County Public Schools, VA)
  • StARKE MÄdChEn (Lexington City Schools, VA)
  • OakleyIndie (Eastmont School District, WA)
  • Arc Code (Merrill School District, WI)
  • Greenhouzer (Fulton County School System, GA)
  • Dynamic (South Suburban Montessori School, OH)

Design the Next Great Card-Based Learning Game

June 15th through July 10th, 2020 – Sponsored by Gamewright
Card games can be amazing learning tools and incredibly fun to play with your friends and family.

Ever think you could design your own card game?

The Design the Next Great Card-Based Learning Game competition challenges students to help design the next great card-based learning game.

Prizes: The two (2) winning teams will each receive a $100 prize packs plus an opportunity to meet with the Gamewright team, discuss their vision for the game, and learn about the game design process.   The eight (8) runner up teams will each receive $50 prize packs of Gamewright products. 

Grand Prize Winners:

  • Fierce Chickens (Buffalo Public School District, NY)
  • Team DW (Cobb County School District, GA)

Runner Up Winners:

  • Twinning! (Logan City School District, UT)
  • Doyenne Tech (Evelyn District, Australia)
  • A. Jensen (Evelyn District, Australia)
  • Team 3.1415 (NH SAU 44, NH)
  • Connor & Jackson (Kettle Moraine, WI)
  • Quizzer Wizards (Saint Cloud Preparatory Academy, FL)
  • Michaela (Toronto District School Board, Canada)
  • The Firey Phoenix (Catholic Diocese of Memphis, TN)
  • EMK GAMES (Arlington Public Schools, VA)

Healthy Habits Virtual Science Fair

July 6th through September 30th, 2020, – Sponsored by Medifast

Has being at home changed the way you eat?  Are you more or less active than usual?  Miss playing sports?

Ever think about how your habits influence your health?

In the Healthy Habits Virtual Science Fair, you’ll make a hypothesis about how adopting a healthy habit during COVID can improve your life.  Then, you’ll design an experiment and put your hypothesis to the test.

Prizes:  Two (2) grand prize winners will each receive a $750 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods to purchase items to help with creating and maintaining healthy habits, as well as a STEM experience with the Medifast team.  Eight (8) runners up will each receive a $100 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods to purchase items to help with their healthy habits.  

Grand Prize Winners:

  • Triumph (Logan City School District, UT)
  • Blink Twice (Hillsborough County Public Schools, FL)

Runner Up Winners:

  • Dream Team (Soledad Unified School District, CA)
  • Jumping Jacks with Beth (Latin School of Chicago, IL)
  • LMS Hornets (Guilford County Schools, NC)
  • Watts Family (Cobb County Public Schools, GA)
  • Team Delahoussaye (Cobb County Public Schools, GA)
  • Keira’s Quarantine Snacks (Los Olivos Elementary School District, CA)
  • Science Panther (Al-Mamoor School, NY)
  • Healthy Scientists (Lammersville Unified School District, CA)
  • The Effect of Healthy Motion on Heart Rate (Al-Mamoor School, NY)
  • Food Fuel (Al-Mamoor School, NY)
  • V-TAB (Baltimore County Public Schools, MD)
  • Waqiah and Bisma (Al-Mamoor School, NY)

Design Your Own Trivia Game

September 15th through October 30th, 2020 – Sponsored by Calliope Games

Are you a master of facts?  Have you ever wanted to beat adults in a trivia game?  Trivia games can often be one-sided; how can a kid compete with an adult who has more knowledge?  

Calliope Games and Richard Garfield (the inventor of Magic the Gathering) designed Hive Mind, a trivia game that puts all players on equal footing.  Can you design the next great trivia game?

In the Design Your Own Trivia Game competition, students will compete to design the next great trivia game for kids!

Prizes:  The two (2) winning teams will each receive a $150 prize packs plus an opportunity to meet with the Calliope team, discuss their vision for the game, and learn about the game design process.   The eight (8) runner up teams will each receive $50 prize packs of Calliope products.  EVERY team that submits an idea will receive a substantial discount code to purchase Calliope Games! 

Grand Prize Winners:

  • The Wonder Wolves (Calvert County Public Schools, MD)
  • Wayne’s Class (Latin School of Chicago, IL)

Runner Up Winners:

  • The Three Amigos (Lutheran Schools of Ohio, OH)
  • Addison Meyer (Ankeny Community School District, IA)
  • Challengers (Norlights International School, Oslo, Norway)
  • Asa and Andrew (Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, NC)
  • Aces (Hillsborough County Public Schools, FL)
  • Team MC (The School District of Philadelphia, PA)
  • The Three Musketeers (The School District of Philadelphia, PA)

LOCKDOWN!: Creating Community During COVID

November 1st through December 18th, 2020 – Sponsored by The ESA Foundation

Do you love playing video games? Have you been using video games to connect with your friends and family amid physical distancing?

Video games create a sense of community and provide another outlet for ways to stay connected and engaged! ESA Foundation wants to hear from you about your great game idea to keep people connected. In this competition, students will compete to design the best video game that promotes storytelling, community, and connection.

Prizes: The two (2) winning teams will each receive your choice of a $500 console store gift card (Xbox, Nintendo or PlayStation) or Amazon and be able to choose your own premium swag bag with merchandise from video games like Super Mario Party, Minecraft, Roblox, Lego Incredibles and so much more. Additionally, you will have the chance to discuss your winning concept with a game developer at a recognized studio. Eight (8) runner ups will each receive your choice of a $150 console store gift card of your choice (Xbox, Nintendo or PlayStation) or Amazon and a swag bag with select merchandise from popular video games.

Grand Prize Winners:

  • Sabre Studios (Paradise Valley Unified School District, AZ)
  • Hay Elementary Fourth Grade Team (South Bend Community School Corporation, IN)

Runner Up Winners:

  • Rolling Thunder (Henderson County Public Schools, NC)
  • Group Justice! (New York City Public Schools, NY)
  • Alexandra’s Group (Dekalb County Public Schools, GA)
  • ML and AC (Medford School District, OR)
  • Cyber Explorers (Amboy CUSD 272 School District, IL)
  • Team Ritter (Cobb County School District, GA)
  • Great Gamers (Douglas County School District, GA and Gwinnett County School District, GA)
  • Team Valerie (Chicago Public Schools, IL)

Dell Technologies Advancing Sustainability Game Design Challenge

February 1st through April 15th, 2021 – Sponsored by Dell Technologies and Microsoft

With many schools adopting a virtual or hybrid plan this school year, students are missing out on the opportunity to engage in hands-on STEM experiences with their friends and classmates. To help fill this void, and encourage learning, computational thinking, and fellowship, Legends of Learning and International Game Developers Association (IGDA) are hosting a Game Design Challenge. This virtual experience will enable K-12 students to learn more about game development and practice critical thinking while expanding their portfolios.

Grand Prize Winners:

  • The Super Long Math Game of Rolling Dice and Involves Earth (Bermudian Springs School District, PA)
  • Cephion (Dwi Emas International School, Malaysia)

Runner Up Winners:

  • Beach Busters (Cobb County School District, GA)
  • Tree Games (Ulm School District 85, MT)
  • <RECYCL3R> (Hunterdon County, NJ)
  • Heroes of the Future (Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu, Philippines)
  • East Haven (Wolf Creek School Division, Canada)
  • Game of Nature (Harmony Public Schools, TX)
  • Recycling War (San Bernardino City Unified School District, CA)
  • Space Sniper (School District of Manatee County, FL)
  • Plant Pong (Charleston County School District, SC)
  • EcoIsland (Cobb County School District, GA)

Additional Information

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If you need help, contact us at support@legendsoflearning.com.

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