Image by Summer PyGames/Elizabeth Barndollar
The Summer pyGames, a high school programming and video game competition that began in Charleston in June 2009. It is going into it's third year of operation and uses the motto that "Learning should be fun!"
Students have six weeks to create an educational video game that is then judged by teachers and professionals. Top performing students receive prizes that are bought with donations that are made to the program. The program is 100% volunteer run and all donations go toward prizes for the students.
Yesterday the Python Software Foundation announced in its blog the grant of $1,000 for the competition. The Summer pyGames is trying to reach $10,000 to grant prizes of Laptops, scholarships , and other prizes to students to compete.
Registration to the 2011 contest is on "Pi day", 03/14/2011. All students are challenged to participate and create games that make Math, Language, and Science fun.