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WSPTA Game Development Competition


The WSPTA Game Development Competition is a STEM-based program, introduced in 2016, to encourage and support student success. Students in grades 9-12 (or 7 and 8 grade students as part of a larger group of 9th graders or older) attending a school with a PTA in good standing may participate and share their knowledge and creativity based on an assigned theme. (See the FAQ for details on how 7-8 grade students may participate.) The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students, either individually or in teams of up to six members, to use their creative talents and express themselves by developing a game, either a physical board game or a computer game. Students’ submissions are judged in the following areas: best board game, best computer game, arts and animation, game design, programming (code), and audio design.

To ensure all students have an equal opportunity to participate (regardless of access to computers and programming classes) a new category has been added, best board game. Students may now enter by creating a board game (this includes card games) so no prior knowledge of programming is required. All students will be able to showcase their creativity, determination, and game design skills.

The theme for the 2020-2021 competition is Hope.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

The deadline date for submissions is March 1, 2021.

Eligibility

Students must participate through a local PTA/PTSA in good standing. Parent groups not affiliated with WSPTA are not eligible to sponsor this program. It is the responsibility of the local PTA/PTSA to determine each student’s eligibility in the program. A student/team may develop an entry in or outside of school.

View the Eligibility and Entry Rules for 2020-2021.

Grade Divisions

Students in grades 9-12 may participate individually or in teams of up to six members. Teams are encouraged. A PTA may have an unlimited number of teams.

Students in grades 7 and 8 may be affiliated with a team that has a team member in 9th grade or higher whose PTA/PTSA is in good standing.

Timelines

Final project submissions are due March 1, 2021.
The online form is required to identify the team. Please be prepared to share a link to the file-sharing folder where your game and supporting materials can be accessed by the judges. Contact the Game Development Competition chair with questions.

Winners will be announced in April 2021. Funding for the prizes is provided for by a grant.

Registration

Teams will register directly with WSPTA by completing an online submission form, due March 1, 2021. Students will upload their submission directly to the state level for judging. There is no fee for participation.


Questions? Email the Game Development Competition chair.

Thank you to the following companies for helping to sponsor the 2019-20 program: