Review Important Info


General Rules: 
The Game-a-thon is open to teams of youth from across the United States. A team may consist of one or more participants, and all teams will need an adult coach or teacher who provides his/her contact information, acts on behalf of the team, and facilitates communications with the Game-a-thon coordinators.

Game Design Rules: 

  • Games must be original, and designed and developed entirely by students.All content must be consistent with the .Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) “Everyone” rating category.
  • Games can be single- or multi-player. Anything from a 1-person game to a 10-person game is acceptable.
  • Essential gameplay should be completed in under an hour.
  • Games must be free to play and may not include existing, copyrighted or trademarked characters or ideas.
  • Board and card games may be designed and created with physical or virtual components, but must be original and complete (not an extension of an existing game).
  • Card games may be based on the 52-card French deck, or students may develop custom cards.
  • Computer games need to be a stand-alone and working version of an original game, which has been programed to function in a common computing environment, mobile app or web browser. Computer games may be programmed in any language, and students new to programming are encouraged to try the SCRATCH game development environment that is produced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is available for download here.
  • Outdoor games need to be played in a defined space, such as a backyard or park, and may not include any harmful materials or practices. 



Evaluation Criteria: 
A team of educators, mathematicians and game designers will review and evaluate all submissions. As shown in the chart below, the evaluation criteria will include considerations for:




Prizes and Recognition: 
MIND will feature all eligible submissions in the video gallery for public sharing. Each team member will receive a certificate of participation. 


Contact Information:
Any questions may be directed to gameathon@mindresearch.org or mailed to:
K-12 Game-a-thon
MIND Research Institute
111 Academy, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92617


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