Game Jam 2023 Registration opens soon

ICEC Game Jam Registration opens February 13!

Game Jam registration: Starts February 13, 2023!

Games can help address real-world challenges, encourage systems thinking, and promote active engagement, making them particularly well suited to conservation education. Educational Game Jams provide opportunities for students to develop games around a theme. Game jams inspire curiosity, creativity, collaboration, optimism, and problem-solving skills and can be used at any grade level.

This year’s Environmental Game Jam is a collaborative effort between ICEC, Iowa Project WILD, and uses topics created in 2022 by students from the University of Iowa College of Education. Each topic includes instructions for the students and an activity guide on various environmental issues in modern-day society, plus additional resources educators can use along with, or outside of the Game Jam activity.

Game Jam 2023 topics:

  • Endangered species
  • Water Pollution
  • Invasive Species
  • Renewable energy


  • Open to students in grades 3-12 (Grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12)
  • Game can be analog (card games, board games, role playing games) or digital
  • Teams should be 2-5 students
  • Teacher/educator must register all teams!
  • Games should help people better understand the selected topic.
  • Register your team(s)

Learn more on ICEC’s Game Jam website!

Teams must  submit their game description and up to a 4-minute video by March 31, 2023 to be included in judging. A link to the submission form will be shared with all educators after they register.

  • Games will be judged and winners selected in early April 2023. Winners will be recognized in at an Awards Ceremony on April 25 at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Prairie City, Iowa. We will likely have a Zoom option, as well.
  • Winners will be selected for the following categories:
    • Grades 3-5, analog; Grades 3-5, digital
    • Grades 6-8, analog; Grades 6-8, digital
    • Grades 9-12, analog; Grades 9-12, digital
  • All topics will be combined for judging.

Contact ICEC for additional questions!