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.