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G4C invites students to learn how to create digital games & explore social impact themes safely AND virtually!
About this Event

Do you like to play video games? Have you always wondered how to make one from scratch? This game jam event is for YOU!

Games for Change (G4C) invites middle & high school students in NYC, Atlanta, & Detroit to attend the first virtual G4C Game Jam of the year! During the jam, you'll get support from professional game designers who will teach you the basics of game design & guide you through the creation process. Whether you're a seasoned game designer or a total newbie, you'll be able to develop your skills & make great games that can make the world a better place!

This jam focuses on the Student Challenge theme of Resilience Through Games''. Supported by Take This & the Institute of Museum & Library Services, this topic is all about increasing mental wellbeing, self-care, & fostering meaningful connections in this difficult time we're living in. Students will use this game design prompt to inspire their games:

In the midst of COVID-19 & social distancing, it is more important than ever to connect with friends & family, find ways to manage your stress & take good care of yourself. Make a game that addresses one of these issues.

This event is the first of three virtual G4C Game Jams during Spring 2021. Each jam explores a different social impact theme & is facilitated by G4C, professional game designers & theme topic experts. Students do NOT need prior experience with game design or computer science to participate.

PLEASE NOTE: Student Release Form must be signed / submitted for each participating student. Forms can be signed by parent, teacher or guardian over the age of 18 years old.

Technology Requirements:

Reliable internet connection
Access to a laptop/computer (preferable), Chromebook or Tablet (iPad or Android); devices w/ camera & microphone are best
Getting ready for the jam:

Make sure your device has the latest version of Zoom installed (free download here)
Create a Student Account in Scratch (if you don't already have one)


The Games for Change Student Challenge is a national game design program & competition that reaches thousands of public middle & high school students each year. The Challenge inspires students to express themselves by creating original digital games about topics relevant to their lives & communities. In Spring 2021, students can submit their games to G4C's annual game design competition for the chance to win cool prizes, such as games, technology, career-related experience - & a $1,000 Grand Prize Scholarship. Learn more about the competition here.

The 2020-21 program runs in cities across the country (NYC, LA, Atlanta, Detroit & Seattle) as well as nationally through online/virtual opportunities. Now in its 6th year, the program has engaged over 30,000 students, trained nearly 600 educators in game design, & resulted in the creation of 3,000 original student games.

To learn more about the program & future opportunities, visit the G4C Student Challenge website & follow us on social media:

Facebook: G4C Student
Instagram: G4CStudent
Twitter: @g4c

Q: How can I contact the event organizer?

A: Please email the G4C team:

Q: What is a G4C Game Jam?

A: Game Jams are half day events during which students hone their game making skills, explore social impact themes & prototype digital games. The events are run by non-profit Games for Change, professional game designers & theme content experts.

Q: Who can attend the event? What does it cost?

A: This event is free & open to all middle & high public school students in NYC, Atlanta, & Detroit.

Q: What if I live outside of the areas listed above?

A: Students outside of NY, Detroit & Atlanta can attend upcoming game jams that are open to all students nationwide. Our next national game jam is on January 30th & you can register here. You can also check-out upcoming game jams & other events on the G4C Student Challenge Events Page or send us an email:

Q: Do I need a computer for the event?

A: Yes, students need a computer/laptop to participate in the virtual game jams. Tablets & Chromebooks are also acceptable. Not sure if you have the right device? Send us an email:

Q. I have never made a video game before. Can I attend the event?

A. Yes! The event is open to students with different experience levels, including complete newbies!

Q: What platform or programming language will we use to make games?

A: For this game jam, students will learn how to build games using a free block-based programming tool called Scratch. Scratch is a free tool content creation tool that lets you build, explore & share projects with millions of other users worldwide.

NOTE: If you are new to Scratch, please create an account in advance of the event.

Q: I am creating a game for the Challenge competition; can I attend the event to get help with my project?

A: Absolutely! Participants can start a new project or continue working on an existing project during the game jam.

Q: I am a parent or a teacher! Can I participate in this game jam?

A: Game jams are student-facing workshops, specifically intended for middle & high school students. While you are welcome to observe, we leave the jamming & participation to the students!
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