President Obama urges children to make videogames

Who says Washington is out of touch with today’s world? President Obama has announced the launch of the National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Video Game Challenge. "Our success as a nation depends on strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of discovery and innovation," said President Obama. "I applaud partners in the National STEM Video Game Challenge for lending their resources, expertise, and their enthusiasm to the task of strengthening America’s leadership in the 21st century by improving education in science, technology, engineering and math," he continues.

The challenge takes the form of two separate competitions. The first is a youth prize, to be awarded to middle schoolers who design their own educational video games. The submissions for middle school students can be either a playable game, or an on-paper design document with a total prize pool of $50,000. The second challenge is for actual developers (or undergrad/grad students) to create their own educational video games for young children.

Above: A student tightening up the graphics on level three

First prize (best developer submission) is $50,000. The prize for best undergrad/grad submission is $25,000. And the prize for the submission that has the “greatest potential to reach underserved populations” will receive another $25,000. That’s some serious walking-around money. The STEM program will be accepting all submissions as of October 12th, and will be announcing the winners in mid-March of next year.

For more information on youth submissions, click here. For more information on the developer/undergrad/grad submissions, click here.

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  • brickman409 - September 18, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    didnt the U.K do a similar thing in the 80's?
  • nemesisuprising - September 18, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    A student tightening up the graphics on level three...lmao yes people remember
  • MrDuracraft - September 18, 2010 3:58 a.m.

    @Doctalen @Corsair89 This is a gamz jarnalism site, don't bring politics into it.
  • DarthCockels - September 20, 2010 5:46 a.m.

    @MrDuracraft; it's Obama, it's political in nature dummy.
  • Spybreak8 - September 19, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    That is too funny, especially related to the fact of what he said about us gamers before this. This new challenge possibly an illusion of an apology?
  • PipBowl420 - September 18, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    that's seriously pretty kool
  • IceHawk79 - September 18, 2010 7:43 p.m.

    Wish they did this when I was in school.:/
  • Cyberninja - September 18, 2010 2:41 a.m.

    this might turn out well
  • Doctalen - September 18, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    As Corsair89 said, didn't Obama condemn video games? How can he be so hypocritical? This is off topic but I am disappointed in how Obama is running things around here. I had high hopes for him when I voted for him, but he seems to have let me down. Kind of wish he would do something more.
  • ElderGamer - September 18, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    Lol'd pretty hard on tighten up the graphics on level 3. Awesome reference.
  • ventanger - September 17, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    Huh. Guess I gotta get to work finding a middle school kid who would be willing to split the money with me.
  • ElPolloRabidoso - September 17, 2010 11:15 p.m.

    I'm just glad to see a politician not condem video games as the spawn of the devil
  • Hoody - September 17, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    "a student tightening up the graphics on level 3" fucken lol'd
  • JoeMasturbaby - September 17, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    i have an anatomy class as the art institute and for our final every person had to relate their major to anatomy in project form. well a game design kid came up with an entire game concept (characters, location, battle system, etc.) on being a cell in the human body, I thought the idea sounded fantastic and i really hope to someday play a game like that.
  • enlargedhousecats - September 17, 2010 11:02 p.m.

    good job mr. president.
  • SolarPoweredShitMachine - September 17, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    Epic win!
  • Corsair89 - September 17, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    Didn't he condemn video games as a distraction a few months ago? But anyway, it's an interesting concept and I hope it goes well.
  • Danomeon - September 17, 2010 10:47 p.m.

    Woo, I appreciate this.

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