Sixty-two public schools from across NYC are currently participating in a bracket-style hackathon competition where students create games to tackle real-world issues aligned with the themes from the Games for Change (G4C) Student Challenge. Themes include Kindness & Empathy, Wildlife Conservation, News Literacy, and Connected Cities. Winning teams from the school-based and borough-level brackets will advance to a final, citywide game making competition for the chance to win amazing prizes.
All participating students will also be eligible to submit their games to the G4C Student Challenge competition this spring.
At each event, students work in small teams to collaborate on rapidly prototyping game concepts and designs. The first half of the event is structured and facilitated in order to provide students with a solid foundation in game design. Students will learn game design vocabulary and engage in a series of introductory game design challenges. During the design session in the afternoon, however, student teams work independently with minimal intervention from facilitators, working towards producing a game prototype that addresses the given theme. Hackathons are purposefully short in time, which is meant to help encourage creative thinking, problem solving, rapid prototyping, and ultimately to result in small but innovative games. Hackathons culminate in a showcase where students’ digital games are judged by industry professionals.
Any school can host their own hackathon with the CS4All Hack Packs! Each Hack Pack contains a teacher guide, student worksheets, day-of slideshow, and scoring rubric. All files are editable.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
CS4All hosted its biggest hackathon yet at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan! With a focus on user experience (UX) design, students spent the day creating mobile apps for the museum’s collection.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Design a life hack that helps prepare your peers for college and career success! Compete in teams for awesome prizes using Mozilla Thimble. New to coding? All levels are welcome!
Below is just a handful of the many incredible professionals who have given their time to support New York City youth interested in computer science.
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