About the Oregon Game Project Challenge
In it’s thirteenth season, OGPC is the only state-wide video game creation competition in Oregon that introduces middle and high school students to design, planning, and development basics while educating them in science and technology. Teams of middle or high school age students, numbering from two to seven members total, use their talents in programming, art, sound/music, writing, and more to create computer games designed to be fun, challenging, and innovative around a socially responsible annual theme. Teams present their game entries to industry professionals and are awarded in various categories like Management and Design during the statewide competition in May of each year. OGPC bridges the disciplines in a way that most academic courses do not and encourages students with different talents to work together.
What does the OGPC Season Look Like?
The OGPC season starts in November, when an online Kick-Off happens. Announcing the season’s theme, posting new Competition Manual, Achievement Guide, Achievement Sheets, and videos for this year’s competition takes place instead of the past Game Jam events. Because of the difficulty to transport students to these past locations, OGPC is moving its Kick-Off to online, so all Coaches can hold their own local event, sharing the new information when it is best for their students’ schedules. Online Design workshops are a great way to kick off the OGPC season for a team. This event should encourage participants to begin to collaborate on game design and brainstorm different ideas for potential video game projects. Our season culminates in the spring with the OGPC Main Event at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR. At the Main Event, teams will have a table to display their project, and time to share their video game with software and game industry professionals, who evaluate their process and products against a set of achievements across five different categories. Teams also have time to present their games to other teams and play game projects produced by other teams.
What does it take to coach an OGPC team?
The OGPC team is committed to helping coaches have a successful experience coaching OGPC student teams. Find our rules and theme, along with a link to the form to register and join our mailing list at Coach page. In some cases, OGPC is also able to provide a connection to a technical mentor that can assist a coach with guiding a team through the OGPC season. Contact us if you need help finding a technical mentor. Check with your team first – students often have resources or what to do it all themselves!
Why the Oregon Game Project Challenge?
By creating a great game, students can:
- Win recognition and achievement awards
- Have fun developing a game for others to play
- Learn the basics of game development and the underlying computer science
- Work with friends and teammates on a fun, creative project
- Gauge their interest in learning more about game development and computer science
- Gain confidence in learning technical and advanced topics and problem solving
- Practice aspects of creating a product and turning ideas and theory into (virtual) reality
OGPC by the numbers
- Years: 13 (since 2007-2008 season)
- Schools: 45+ (? middle school, ? high school, ? Independent org.)
- Students: 2000+ (25% girls)
- Volunteers: 100+
Who is Responsible for OGPC?
The Oregon Game Project Challenge is run by a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization by the same name (47-5440436) in partnership with dozens of volunteers and other supporting organizations. We are always looking for more volunteers!
The Board of Directors consists of:
- Jan Boley
- Jake Brownson
- Jonathan Hagar
- Duncan Millard
- Andrew Scholer
Please contact Andrew Scholer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for media inquiries.
Articles about OGPC organization and teams
- Students brainstorm video game creation at Central Oregon Game Jam
- Students win programming award (5/15/2018)
- These Oregon students spent all day playing video games. They’re also the developers (4/8/2017)
- Sisters students win design honors (4/26/2016)
- Student gamers ‘create something cool’ (4/24/2016)
- Crescent Valley to host kickoff for game making competition (11/2015)
- Video game designed by Tualatin students wins Judge’s Choice at Oregon Game Project Challenge (5/2015)
- Kids team up to design a supreme video game (2/2014)
- Evergreen team wins Best in Show award (5/2012)
Articles about games and gaming
OGPC collaborates with other organizations to cross-promote STEAM initiatives across Oregon.
- TEALS: Computer Science in Every High SchoolOpens in a new window
- Indie Game ConOpens in a new window
- Oregon ASKOpens in a new window
- Oregon Coast STEM HubOpens in a new window
- Central Oregon STEM HubOpens in a new window
- Lane County Economic DevelopmentOpens in a new window
- Game Education PDXOpens in a new window
- Pacific Northwest College of Art (and Make+think+Code)Opens in a new window