Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education The Great Arkansas History Video Game Coding Competition - 2021-2022 Competition Cycle

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The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Office of Computer Science is pleased to announce the third year of the Great Arkansas History Video Game Coding Competition (GAHVGCC).

This competition is open to Arkansas students in the 4th through 8th grade. By emphasizing storytelling, state history and coding, this competition will allow students to demonstrate coding abilities, while supporting literary growth and expanding their knowledge of Arkansas History.

Schools are encouraged, but not required, to complete an Intent to Submit form, which can be accessed at: Teams may consist of no more than six students in grades 4 - 8, and is open to public, private, and homeschool students with Arkansas residency.

The contest submission window will open on Feb 21, 2022, and will close on Mar 4, 2022 at noon.

Sponsors are encouraged to join ARKidsCanCode listserv (, and CSforAR staff are available by Zoom during weekdays at

The theme for this year is My Favorite Arkansas Town.

This year, we invite you to tell us about what makes your favorite town special and interesting. It could be its founding, a local natural feature, an annual festival or anything that makes it unique and cool. Need some inspiration? Visit your library, your mayor, local parks, or industry. You don’t even have to live there, as long as it’s a great place in our great state. Because every place is unique, we expect any kind of game could be used. So get creative, flex those coding muscles (large or small), and tell us your town’s story. We look forward to playing it. 
Submissions will be accepted digitally. Submission instructions will be posted at prior to the submission window opening.

Contest rules can be accessed at:

The official competition webpage can be viewed on the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education website at

Estimated announcement of the winner will be made on or before May 15th.

For more information, please contact a member of the CS Specialist team at:


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