Events & Programs

WSPTA//Game Development Competition

gamer kidsThe WSPTA//Game Development Competition is a STEM-based program, introduced last year, to encourage and support student success. Students in grades 9-12 attending a school with a PTA in good standing may participate and share their knowledge of computer science based on an assigned theme. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students, either individually or in teams of up to six members, to use their creative talents and express themselves by developing a computer game. Students’ submissions are judged in the following areas: game of the year, arts and animation, game design, programming (code), and audio design.

The theme for the 2017-2018 competition is Gravity.


Students must participate through a local PTA/PTSA in good standing. Parent groups not affiliated with WSPTA are not eligible to sponsor this program. It is the responsibility of the local PTA/PTSA to determine each student’s eligibility in the program. A student/team may develop an entry in or outside of school.

Grade Divisions

Students in grades 9-12 may participate individually or in teams. Teams are encouraged and may have up to six members of multiple grades. A PTA may have an unlimited number of teams.


Intent to Submit forms are due January 15, 2018.

Final project submissions are due March 15, 2018.

Winners will be announced by April 28, 2018.


We are also pleased to announce the following prizes:

Magic: The Gathering is 25 years old this year. It has been a fan favorite and worldwide phenomenon that few other games can boast. Wizards of the Coast has decided to bring this game to life in a digital PC based free to play forma – Magic: The Gathering Arena. The Grand Prize winning team will get to come meet the game designers who have wrestled with the challenge of bringing this beloved game to life in a new expression and learn how they did it.

The Grand Prize individual winner will receive a free summer class at DigiPen, the University dedicated to Computer Science and Game Design.

In addition, each team member of a winning category (Grand Prize, Arts & Animation, Coding, Game Theory, and Sound) will receive a cash prize of at least $50.


Teams will register directly with WSPTA in the fall. Students will upload their submission directly to the state level for judging. There is no fee for participation.

View the General Rules for Participation.

Questions? Email the Game Development Competition chair.