2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge Winners Show Off in D.C.

Gustavo Zacarias of San Antonio, Texas was one of the winners of the2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge who joined a select group of students that participated today in the third White House Science Fair, an event that emphasizes and celebrates student achievements in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. The National STEM Video Game Challenge is an annual competition presented by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media.

Zacarias had the pleasure of presenting his winning game The Dark Labyrinth to attendees from the government, industry and education sectors, as well as other invited guests in attendance. The game challenges players to navigate through a maze while solving multiplication problems and avoiding obstacles. Zacarias won the 2012 STEM Challenge in the Middle School Kodu category. Zacarias, who has been playing games since he was four, aspires to be professional game designer someday.

“I never thought I would be exhibiting my game at the White House,” said Zacarias. “I worked very hard during the making of the game and was very happy about winning a national competition, so I’m very excited and thankful for the opportunity to be part of this great event.”

Two members of a 2012 STEM Challenge winning team were also present at the event. Wilfried Hounyo and Golden Rockefeller of Washington, DC, represented their team which won the Open Platform High School category. Inspired by their work in physics, chemistry and robotics, they developed the game Electrobob, which teaches players about the fundamental nature of electrons.

Congratulations to all of last year's winners.

Meanwhile, the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge is accepting entries from middle school and high school students now at www.stemchallenge.org. The entry deadline has been extended to May 1, 2013.

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