National STEM Video Game Challenge Invites Students to Design Their Own Video Games

The National STEM Video Game Challenge—presented by E-Line Media, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and the Smithsonian—is accepting student submissions of original video games and game designs. The Challenge motivates youths’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning by tapping into their passion for playing and creating video games.

The Challenge is accepting entries from U.S. students in the middle and high school categories: The middle school category is open to students in grades 5 to 8, while the high school category is open to students in grades 9 to 12. Both invite entries for individuals and teams of up to four students, and entries can be created using any game creation platform such as Gamestar Mechanic, Unity, GameMaker, and Scratch or a written game design concept document.

Judges will select winners for each game creation platform in both categories, with each winner receiving a cash prize of $1,000, as well as game design and educational software. Each winner’s sponsoring organization will receive a cash prize of $2000.

The National STEM Video Game Challenge is accepting entries through February 25, 2015. Complete guidelines and details on how to enter are available at www.stemchallenge.org.

Hasbro’s National School Scrabble Tournament Spells Opportunity for Kids

scrabble-largeThe 2014 National School Scrabble Tournament, hosted by Hasbro Inc., is scheduled for April 26 to 27 at the company’s new Providence, R.I., facility, One Hasbro Place. Young Scrabble enthusiasts in fourth through eighth grades are eligible to compete for the $10,000 top prize.

The National School Scrabble Tournament features contestants from across the U.S. and Canada, as well as the youngest and best Scrabble students. Competing students are generally members of a School Scrabble Club. Parents, teachers, and coaches can go to www.schoolscrabble.us to learn more about the event and to register students for the tournament.

Registration costs $100 per team and will be open until April 11. Those who wish to learn more about the School Scrabble Program or register a club to receive more information from Hasbro can visit the company’s website.

The final round of the tournament will be broadcast live online using the RFID Scrabble System from Mind Sports International, which showcases each team’s tile rack, score breakdown, as well as the “Best Word” that each team can play at any given point.