STEM Video Game Challenge 2014-2015

Gamestar Mechanic is one of the tools you can use to design a game for the National STEM Video Game Challenge!

Gamestar Mechanic: Play exciting Quests, Design amazing games in your Workshop

Gamestar Mechanic is a game and community designed to teach kids the principles of game design and systems thinking in a highly engaging environment.

The game features three fully integrated components:

  1. Play. Gamestar Mechanic features a rich single-player Quest where players learn the principles of game design through an exciting adventure game. Set in a 'steampunk' world created and run by game designers, the narrative provides critical scaffolding for the player. As the player progresses through the Quest they learn the principles of game design and earn 'sprites' that enable them to design and publish their own games.
  2. Design. Once players have shown a certain level of mastery they earn a game design workshop where they can use their 'sprites' to design their own original games. The workshop features a drag and drop game building tool that enables players to design a wide variety of games, which they can publish for others to play and review.
  3. Share. The game also features a vibrant community called Game Alley where players can publish, review and collaborate on games designed by other players. Game Alley creates a community of practice allowing designers to get feedback from their peers as well as professional game designers and offers regular challenges and contests.
Step 1: Design your game with Gamestar Mechanic
LOG IN or SIGN UP to start designing!
Step 2: Register at the STEM Challenge website for your entry to be counted! Click here to register for the STEM Challenge!

Are you one of the nation's top student game designers?

Our nation’s leaders want to know. Why? Because the process of making video games isn’t just fun, it can help you develop valuable skills our country needs - skills like critical thinking, problem solving, and creative design.

Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the National STEM Video Game Competition aims to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passions for playing and making video games. Gamestar Mechanic is just one of the ways you can enter this challenge. Check out the official website for more information!