To provide more young children with an opportunity to practice innovation and creativity, San Francisco-based University Games has partnered with nonprofit Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) to raise awareness for the National Young Game Inventors Contest (#NYGIC). The annual contest encourages kids to submit their original board game ideas for the chance to win prizes, including a $10,000 savings bond for college and the opportunity to have their game manufactured by University Games.
Games and game creation play an important role in learning, which should be fun and challenging. RAFT, a leader in hands-on education, has supported the use of games to enhance student engagement since its inception more than 20 years ago. Through the process of upcycling, RAFT makes it possible for educators to introduce creative reuse materials to their students, sparking imagination and creativity. This is the basis for the new Game Inspiration Kit from RAFT, which children can use as a starting point for the game invention process. The kit, available online, includes foundational game components such as dice, game pieces, blank playing cards, a make-your-own spinner kit, unique materials, and ideas to spark the creative process.
Games must be the sole creation of an individual minor between the ages of 5 and 12. Additional prizes include a family vacation to San Francisco, CA (valued over $6,000) and a complete library of board games from University Games. The contest is sponsored in part by the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, Toys“R”Us®, leading publishing partner Scholastic Parent & Child® magazine, educational content organization RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching), The Children’s Creativity Museum, and the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco hotel. Entries are being accepted now through October 15, 2014. Complete rules and entry forms can be found at http://www.NYGIC.org.
About Resource Area For Teaching
RAFT believes the best way to spark the love of learning for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem-solvers and creators is through hands-on learning. A nonprofit organization founded in 1994, RAFT serves 12,000 educators each year who teach over 900,000 students. Find out more about RAFT and how to get involved at http://www.raft.729solutions.com.
About University Games
University Games produces more than 200 products across 6 divisions: University Games (board games/travel/card games), Great Explorations™ (science and learning/novelties/Glow-in-the-Dark products), Bepuzzled® (puzzles), Front Porch Classics® (upscale high-end tabletop games, My Studio Girl™ (arts and crafts for girls), and Colorforms™ (vinyl stick-on play sets, board games/travel, floor puzzles.)