The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media today revealed the names of 16 middle school and high school students as the winners of the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge. The competition was designed to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among students in grades 5-12 using video games as the creative medium of choice. The top original video games and game design concepts were chosen from 14 categories and nearly 4000 entries.
Each winner receives an AMD-powered laptop with game design and educational software. The individual’s or team’s sponsor organization receives a cash prize of $2000.
The National STEM Video Game Challenge was inspired by President Obama’s "Educate to Innovate Campaign." Twenty-eight youth were selected as winners in 2012 and three of those winners participated in the 2013 White House Science Fair in April.
The 2013 STEM Challenge winners are:
Middle School (grades 5-8):
Seong-Hyun Ryoo from Johns Creek, GA for "Rare Earth"
Angel Martinez-Acevedo from DeRidder, LA for "The Arcade"
Nicholas Cameron from Sayville, NY for "Math Rocks"
Nicolas Badila from Jonesboro, GA for "Stemville"
Bradley Schmitz from Glandorf, OH for "Pixel Jet" Henry Edwards and Kevin Kopczynski from Durham, NC for "Etiquette Anarchy"
Lexi Schneider from Dresher, PA for "Head of the Class"
High School (grades 9-12)
Sooraj Suresh from Campbell, CA for "Pixel Star One"
Kieran Luscombe from Thorton, CO for "An Untold Adventure"
Cody Haugland from Sanger, CA for "The Amazing Game"
Aaron Gaudette from Ramstein Air Base, Germany for "Crystal Physics"
Brianna Igbinosun from Lawrenceville, GA for "I F.L.Y"
Noah Ratcliff and Pamela Pizarro-Ruiz from Pickerington, OH for "Fog"
Janice Tran from Palmdale, CA for "Little Green Planet"
Congratulations to all of this year's winners and to the rest of the thousands of youngsters who put in an effort to create something exciting!