To help schools, parents, and students with engaging learning activities, we’ve created a program full of game-based STEM competitions with great prizes.
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 email@example.com.
July 6th through September 30th, Sponsored by OPTAVIA
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 OPTAVIA 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.
This competition opens on July 6th and all submissions are due by September 30th. Sign up here.
September 15th through October 30th, 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!
This competition opens on September 15th and all submissions are due by October 30th. Sign up here.
November 1st through November 30th, 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.
The competition opens on November 1st and all submissions are due by November 30th. Sign up here.
Build a Resource-Based Strategy Game
Opening in November, Sponsored by Asmodee
Details coming soon!
May 3rd through June 15th, 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)
June 15th through July 10th, 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)
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