National STEM video game challenge winner participates in White House Science Fair

One of the winners of the National STEM Video Game Challenge, Gustavo Zacarias of San Antonio was among the select group of students that participated today in the third White House Science Fair, an event celebrating student achievements in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions. The National STEM Video Game Challenge is an annual competition presented by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media.

Zacarias presented his winning game The Dark Labyrinth to attendees from the government, industry and education sectors, as well as other invited guests in attendance. The game challenges players to navigate through a maze while solving multiplication problems and avoiding obstacles.

Two members of a 2012 STEM Challenge winning team were also present at the event. Wilfried Hounyo and Golden Rockefeller of Washington, DC, represented their team which won the Open Platform High School category.Inspired by their work in physics, chemistry and robotics, they developed the game Electrobob, which teaches players about the fundamental nature of electrons.

The 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge is currently accepting entries from middle school and high school students at The entry deadline has been extended to May 1, 2013.