STEM VGC | 2017

2017 Australian STEM Video Game Challenge

Following on from our biggest year yet, the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge team are currently hard at work pulling together this year's competition.

Registrations for the 2017 Australian STEM Video Game Challenge will officially open on Monday 1 May 2017, with the competition spanning three months and concluding on Friday 25 August 2017.

Physical information packs will be mailed to schools and code clubs in early April.
In the meantime, you can download a digital version using the button below:

Download information pack

Registration

The registration period for the 2017 Australian STEM Video Game Challenge will run from Monday 1 May 2017 until Friday 30 June 2017. The competition is completely free to enter and open to Australian students in Years 5-12, working in teams of up to four members.

Categories

This year, students can enter in one of six (6) categories:

Year 5-8: Playable Game developed in Scratch
Year 5-8: Playable Game developed in Gamemaker
Year 5-8: Playable Game developed in any other free, or free for education, game development platform.

Year 9-12: Playable Game developed in Gamemaker
Year 9-12: Playable Game developed in Unity3D or Unreal Engine
Year 9-12: Playable Game developed in any other free, or free for education, game development platform.

Theme

This year the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge is looking for engaging, creative games that investigate the theme of ‘REACTION!’ 
A reaction is a response to some treatment, situation or stimulus. From the way we interact with each other, to complex scientific procedures, reactions are happening everywhere!
Teams are asked to incorporate the theme of ‘REACTION!’ into their game for this year’s competition. Responses can be very literal or highly conceptual

Let your imagination run wild!

Download theme sheet

Game Design Document (GDD)

All games entered in the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge must be accompanied by a Game Design Document.
A Game Design Document, or GDD, helps to plan out the development of a game and helps to provide an overview of the development process.
To help teams get started, we've put together a handy GDD template, available for download below.

Download GDD template

Promotional Material

Help spread the word: Download our posters and flyers and promote the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge in your school community!

Download A4 flyer

Download A3 poster

Game Submission

Submission of games will take place between Monday 21 - Friday 25 August 2017. Judging will commence on Monday 28 August 2017.

About

The Australian STEM Video Game Challenge is a national competition open to all Australian students in Years 5-12.

The Challenge is completely free to enter, and represents a great opportunity for upper primary and secondary students to engage in learning about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in a fun and challenging way.

Students are encouraged to work collaboratively to design and build an original video game based on STEM concepts or themes. Entries can be from individuals or from teams of up to four.

Entrants have an opportunity to earn recognition and great prizes for themselves and their school. The games will be played by industry professionals as part of the judging and the winners will be recognised at a national level, and by international bodies within the global gaming industry.

If you’re an Australian student, in Years 5-12, and you’ve got a great idea for a game – join the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge and share it with the world!

History of the Challenge

The first Australian STEM Video Game Challenge was held in 2014. The development of the Challenge was inspired by the National STEM Video Game Challenge which has been run annually in the United States since 2010 and now attracts approximately 4000 entries annually.

The ACER Foundation would like to recognise the generous assistance and encouragement of the Joan Ganz Cooney Centre at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media, which have made the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge possible.

Head over to the Previous Challenges page to check out the previous winners and their games.

News and events

Announcements

PAX 2017: Dates announced

PAX Australia, supporters of the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge and home to our annual awards ceremon, have officially released dates for their 2017 exhibition at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. PAX Australia will run from Friday 27- Sunday 29 October 2017.

Australian STEM Video Game Challenge to return in May 2017

The Australian STEM Video Game Challenge will run again in 2017, with ongoing support from the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE). Official dates will be announced soon, with the competition currently scheduled to run between May and September.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment joins STEM VGC as Major Partner

We're excited to announce that specialist educators in games, animation and visual effects, the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) have officially signed on as major partner of the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge! AIE have years of experience in producing top quality game designers, developers and digital artists and will bring a large network of resources and support to the students and teachers participating in the competition.

Case Studies & Interviews

Teacher Perspective: Mill Park Secondary College
Jaclyn Curnow, a Year 7 teacher of Information Technology at Mill Park Secondary College, shares some insights about her students and learning through game development

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Insights previous winners: Josh and Liam
Participating in the inaugural Australian STEM Video Game Challenge has opened doors into the game industry for two resourceful students.

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Learning through game design - insights from research: Dr Chad Habel
Logic, problem solving, self-efficacy, confidence and risk management are all skills that can be learned and developed through the process of desiging and building a video game, writes Dr Chad Habel from Adelaide University

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Winners of the 2016 Australian STEM Video Game Challenge

After an intense judging process and an official awards ceremony at PAX Australia, the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge is proud to present the winners of this year's competition!

View 2016 Australian STEM Video Game Challenge Winners

If you’re a member of the media looking for more in-depth resources and media releases, please visit our Media Centre.

Previous challenges

The Australian STEM Video Game Challenge ran for the first time in 2014, and had more than 550 students register to participate.

The winners of the inaugural competition were treated to an official awards ceremony at the acclaimed gaming convention, PAX Australia, in Melbourne where they were each presented with a HP Pavilion laptop and $1000 in prize money for their school (or a chosen charity), and had the games they created available for play on the PAX exhibition floor.

Two of the winners also received a mentorship experience program with PwC as part of the PwC People’s Choice Award, and are set to release a commercial version of their game sometime in 2015!

For more information about previous years, or to view examples of previous winning games, please visit the pages below.

2015 Australian STEM Video Game Challenge winners

2014 Australian STEM Video Game Challenge winners

Partners

The Australian STEM Video Game Challenge is facilitated by the ACER Foundation, a charitable organisation underwritten by the Australian Council for Educational Research. The ACER Foundation engages with many external organisations including our major partner PwC to help make the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge possible, and would like to publicly thank and acknowledge the support of:

Major Partner

Industry/Innovation Partners

Supporting Partners

Contact

The Australian STEM Video Game Challenge team loves talking to people about education, STEM, video games and how all three things can work together.

We are always on the lookout for new partners and organisations that can support our goal of making STEM learning fun and interactive.

You can reach us using the details below:

Email      contact@stemgames.org.au
Twitter     @STEMGamesAus

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