Globaloria, the social learning network teaching students to make educational webgames, has been hosting the nation’s first and largest game-design competitions since 2009. Honorary Chairs of the competitions included Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and US Senator Jay Rockefeller. Students on the winning teams won a Game Designer Kit (Laptop and Flash software) to support their computational creativity for years to come.
The winning game of the Civics & News Literacy competition is the Adventures of Henry the Hedgehog by Team Carrot Wizards, comprised of Tyler Gum, Jarred Bowers, Jacob Currence from Tygarts Valley High School in Randolph County, West Virginia. In this game, the player controls the main character’s travels through different eras and countries to learn about government and civic responsibility. Dan Norton, Founding Partner and Lead Designer at Filament Games, who was a judge for this competition exclaimed, “This was my favorite game! The character was fun to control, and the different settings were a really cool touch!”