Do you like to learn by playing games? Would you like to make your own game?
If you would like to try your hand at creating a game about climate change, there are two contests you can enter in the spring of 2016... and the top prize for one of them is $10,000!
NOAA and the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) Climate Education and Literacy Initiative are sponsoring their second Climate Game Jam in mid-April. A game jam is a short event that brings people together to develop an idea for a game... or sometimes even a simple, working prototype of a game. Anyone can join in... you don't need to be a climate science expert or a game programming wizard.
The new Climate Game Jam has a theme of water and will be hosted at several sites around the USA from April 15-24, 2016. Check their web site to see if a location near you is a game jam host (as of this writing only one host site was listed... but the previous climate game jam event had 11 locations nationwide... so check back as new sites join in). This is the second climate game jam sponsored by NOAA and OSTP; the first was in October 2015. Check out the winners and other submissions from the October game jam to get some ideas for your game.
Another contest, the Games for Change Climate Challenge, will award a top prize of $10,000 for the best climate change game submitted. Four finalists will win trips to the Games for Change Festival in New York City from June 23-24, 2016. Submissions are due by May 6, 2016. The contest is being sponsored by The PoLAR Partnership, Autodesk, and Games for Change (G4C).