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BLMS Student Honored as GameMaker in National STEM Video Game Challenge

Posted by User Not Found on 7 July, 2015

Congratulations to Matthew Bellavia, Beaver Lake Middle School student, who was one of eight middle school winners selected in the fourth annual National STEM Video Game Challenge competition. The competition featured 13 categories from top original video game design to game design concepts. Matthew was recognized as a GameMaker for his video game “Gravity Galaxy,” which was selected from nearly 4,000 entries.

The winners were recognized at a family gaming celebration on June 27 at the Fred Rogers Studio at WQED in Pittsburgh.

The STEM Challenge, presented by the Smithsonian in partnership with E-Line Media and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, aims to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) among students in grades 5-12 by tapping into their enthusiasm for playing and making video games.

“The National STEM Video Game Challenge helps unlock the incredible potential of the next generation of game designers,” said Michael H. Levine, Executive Director, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center. “We are thrilled to honor the great work of these students who demonstrated creativity and the 21st century skills needed to build engaging and educational games.”