GAME DESIGN CHALLENGE
Help your students design the next big science videogame
Arludo has created over 30 citizen science mobile games to help teachers and students easily perform experiments in the classroom. These have been downloaded over 300,000 times and students have helped collect over 10,000,000 data points!
Arludo’s Game Design Challenge is here!
Your students will design a mobile videogame to test their most pressing science question.
The team with the best idea will receive 3 months of mentorship by Arludo’s game designers and scientists to develop their game!
Aligned across the curriculum
The challenge teaches STEAM content and skills – Science, Technology, English, Art & Design, and Maths
4-lesson unit of work with lesson plans
Teachers and carers will be supported with curriculum materials and professional development opportunities
For students in school years 3-6
Interested students can chat with scientists – our Arludo Ambassadors – about their ideas
The top 10 teams will join a Gala event on October 10th
Receive a tour of top science facilities, meet the top science communicators in Australia, and chat with educational leaders about your videogame idea.
Ready to take on the Game Design Challenge? Register now to get started!
Submit the Challenge registration form to receive:
- Four lesson plans linked to each topic of the Challenge
- Access to four digital worksheets where students are guided through the game design process
- A comprehensive Teacher Resource Pack to help you get started!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a cost to enter?
No, the Game Design Challenge is free to enter.
Can a student enter as an individual?
All entrants must submit their game design concept as part of a group with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 participants. When creating a group, we strongly suggest that you have members in your group that are diverse. The reason is that science shows that more diverse teams have better ideas and create better projects. It also increases the chance that your game will be played by a broader audience!
If you are a school we recommend forming groups between 3-5 students in a class or stage. Students that participate in STEM related clubs at school are also welcome to register as a group.
If you are a homeschool we recommend forming a group amongst members of your home educators network. That’s because we value skills like cooperation and teamwork and we have designed our challenge to help students gain and practice these skills.
How can I enter?
To participate in the Game Design Challenge all groups must register their interest via the Game Design page (coming soon!).
Students studying at a school in Australia that wish to participate must have their registration completed by a teacher from their school and with the consent of a parent/guardian.
Students being homeschooled that wish to participate must have their registration completed by a parent/guardian.
After registration is completed the teacher or parent/guardian will receive their Game Design Challenge lesson plans and worksheets, as well as other materials to assist with the development of their game design concept.
Does all the work for the Game Design Challenge need to take place during class time?
The amount of time allocated for student work and time frames when it takes place is at the discretion of the registered teacher or homeschool parent/guardian. Sessions are aligned with ACARA curriculum content descriptors and can take place during class time, or can take place outside of school hours or during breaks if being run as part of an extracurricular school activity (such as a STEM or Digi Tech club).
What will need to be included in my submission?
Submission requirements will be provided in the Teacher Resource Pack once a teacher or parent/guardian has registered for the challenge.
What are the prizes?
Grand prize (one team) – The winning game design concept will be developed by Arludo, in collaboration with the winning team. The winning team will receive 3 months of mentorship with Arludo during which the game will be developed. Each member of the winning team will also receive a $250 Prepaid Visa card and the Arludo suite for their school for one year (valued at over $5000).
Second prize (one team) – Each member of the second-place team will receive a $250 Prepaid Visa card and the Arludo suite for their school for one year (valued at over $5000).
Third prize (one team) – Each member of the third-place team will receive a $200 Prepaid Visa card and the Arludo suite for their school for one year (valued at over $5000).
More information can be found in our Terms & Conditions here.
More information on the challenge timeline can be found in our Terms & Conditions here.
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Terms & Conditions
Full Terms & Conditions for the Game Design Challenge can be found here.
Who can enter?
The Game Design Challenge is open to all primary school students between grades 3 – 6 at school in Australia.
Students between grades 3 – 6 that are educated at a home school in accordance with the relevant state or territory legislation are also eligible to enter.
I don’t fit into the above criteria - can I still register?
The Game Design Challenge is targeted for students in grades 3 – 6 studying at schools or homeschools in Australia.
Take a look at our Arludo page here to see all the other ways you, your student or child can engage with us!
How do I access the lesson plans and digital worksheets?
To receive your four lesson plans and digital worksheets, you will need to submit your registration for the Challenge via the form above.
Once your registration has been received you will receive an email which will contain links to your four lesson plans and a Teacher Resource Pack.
This email will also contain a link to Arludo’s Teacher Dashboard where you will need to create a free account to access the worksheets. Instructions on registering for the Teacher Dashboard can be found in your Teacher Resource Pack.
Will Arludo help my students learn more about game design so they can participate in this challenge?
Yes! Every registered teacher or parent/guardian will receive four lesson plans and access to digital worksheets so that their students can learn more about game design concepts and put together their final submission.
Links to the lesson plans and access to the digital worksheets will be emailed once a teacher or parent/guardian has registered for the challenge.
Can I enter more than one game design concept?
Only one game design concept can be submitted per group however, a school or home educator can submit multiple game design concepts from multiple groups
How will the winner be decided?
The winning submission will be decided based on assessment criteria. Assessment criteria will be provided in the Teacher Resource Pack once a teacher or parent/guardian has registered for the challenge.
Who owns the ideas that are submitted?
The students! Any submissions remain the property of the submitting group. The winning team will be asked to transfer their Intellectual Property (IP) to Arludo. In return, the winning team will have their game developed by Arludo. The winning group will also receive a monetary prize, will receive 3 months of mentoring during game development, and will be credited in the making of the game.
More information can be found in our Terms & Conditions here.