National STEM Youth Prize Winners Announced

The winners of the Youth Prize for original game designs have been selected by the National STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Video Game Challenge. The 12 U.S. students (grades 5-8) were announced by United States chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra.

The science-themed "You Make Me Sick!" was awarded the Grand Prize in the Developer Prize category, and a collection of math games called "NumberPower: Numbaland!" received the Collegiate and Impact prizes. Filament Games’ Dan Norton and Dan White won the grand prize, and will receive $50,000 for their game about bacteria and viruses.

The 12 student winners are:

Geoffrey Wang, Your Adventure, Grade 5 (Claypit Hill School, Wayland, MA)

Rhys Wynn Wilkinson, Untitled, Grade 5 (Ecole Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Manor, TX)

Joshua Schoen, The Quest, Grade 5 (Georgia Cyber Academy, Canton, GA)

Tate Welty Outstanding Math Game, Grade 5 (Orono Schools, Orono, MN)

Bailey Sperling, Extreme Depths, Grade 6 (Suffern Middle School, Montebello, NY)

Jacob Cothrun, H.E.L.P. Earth, Grade 6 (Sepulveda Elementary, Sparks, NV

Shireen Zaineb, Discover…, Grade 7 (Milwaukee Montessori School, Milwaukee, WI)

Jasper Hugunin, Robot Commander, Grade 7 (Islander Middle School, Mercer Island, WA)

Kendall McGowan, Green Island, Grade 7 (William H. Lincoln School, Brookline, MA)

Muhammad Al-Fatih Ridha, Zuff’s Adventure, Grade 8 (Homeschooled Student, Beaverton, OR)

Annie Jacobson, Alien of My Own, Grade 8 (The Nightingale-Bamford School, New York, NY)

Mark Fretheim, Deity Grade 8 (Austin Academy for Excellence, Garland, TX)

The winning students get an AMD-based laptop with educational software, and a $2000 cash prize awarded either to their school or a non-profit charity of their choice.

Source: Gamasutra

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