About Game Jams

What is a game jam?

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 The goal is to come together and rapidly prototype game designs (online, pervasive, tabletop, or other formats). Participants share a common theme (in this case aquatic ecosystems) create a working prototype in a short amount of time. The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking to develop small innovative games.  


 Games are increasingly used in educational settings to help inspire curiosity, creativity, collaboration, optimism, and problem-solving skills among a wide variety of audiences.  Serious games address real-world challenges, compress time and space, encourage systems thinking, and promote active engagement, making them particularly well suited to conservation education. 

What should each jam site have?

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Your materials needs will vary depending on the type of game that your students will create. The following is a suggested list of materials that you might find helpful at your jam site:

  • Index cards
  • Spinners
  • Pens, pencils, markers
  • Paper (white, construction, large format, etc)
  • Small sticky pades
  • Large sticky pads 
  • Dry erase boards and markers
  • Art supplies 
  • Game pieces 
  • Dice (many kinds)
  • Mathematics cubes
  • Buttons or old game markers

What are the Prizes?

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Classrooms might select a People’s Choice game at the end of that site’s jam.  Providing a small prize to the winners reccognizes their design.   

In addition, if teams are able to provide an opportunity for a school or public event in which the games are playtested, those teams will earn up tp10 points on the judging rubric. 


Teams of students can submit a 4-minute video (link to YouTube) and game description in a Google form for consideration and selection for additional recognition by teams of judges.  


The game Jam organizers are working to find places around Iowa for special showcase events where the students can display their completed games for the public and they can be playtested there. 

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Timeline

October 7

Registration Opened

Event Details

October 7

Registration Opened

February 7

Video Submissions Due for Judging

Event Details

February 7

Video Submissions Due for Judging

Teams will submit links to the 4-minute videos along with descriptions of the game and its goals. Judges will review videos and game descriptions provided by student teams. 

February 28

Winning Teams notified

Event Details

February 28

Winning Teams notified

March 2020

Showcase Event TBD

Event Details

March 2020

Showcase Event TBD

Winning schools will set up their games for the public to play test. 

Have a Question?

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