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Gilbert's SPARK App League Celebrates #STEMSTEAMDay with Coding Competition for Arizona Students

Post Date:11/07/2017 12:31 PM

Gilbert, Ariz.- Gilbert’s SPARK App League® is bringing students from across Arizona together to celebrate #STEMSTEAMDay for a coding competition, SPARK Game Jam, at Arizona State University this week. The annual competition brings high school and junior high schools students together and is hosted by SPARK App League® in partnership with Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and sponsored by Waymo, formerly the Google self-driving car project.

This year, SPARK App League® is thrilled to announce a collaboration with the Smithsonian, specifically its Lemelson Center, that will focus on themes of invention and innovation for both the fall and spring events.

”We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center as a partner for SPARK App League® events this year,” said Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels. “The Lemelson Center is focused on the study of invention and innovation and together we will be able to engage students in the coding and invention of games and applications like never before.”

“Encouraging students to learn or refine their coding skills is an initiative we are excited to support in collaboration with SPARK App League®,” said Arthur Daemmrich, director of the Lemelson Center. “The impact of coding reaches many aspects of our world today, and the SPARK Game Jam competition will offer the opportunity to teach and explore both its creative and inventive applications.”

Over the two-day competition, students of all experience levels will learn the importance and power of coding by working in teams to develop a game using Scratch from MIT. All student games will be entered to win prizes based on their innovation, design and code implementation.

Learn more about SPARK Game Jam at  

What: SPARK Game Jam
When: Wednesday, November 8 and Thursday, November 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Arizona State University’s Polytechnic Campus - Cooley Ballroom, 7001 East Williams Field Road, Mesa, AZ 85212
More Info: Interviews are available upon request.


About SPARK Game Jam:
Students Participate in App Resources and Knowledge (SPARK) Game Jam is a one-of-a-kind coding competition for high school and junior high students hosted by SPARK App League®. This nonprofit, 501(c)(3) program created by Gilbert, Arizona, is hosted in partnership with Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and is sponsored by Waymo, formerly the Google self-driving car project. Learn more about SPARK App League® at Follow us on Twitter, @SPARKAppLeague, Instagram, @sparkappleague, Facebook, SPARK App League and Snapchat, sparkappleague.

About the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation:
The Lemelson Center engages, educates and empowers the public to participate in technological, economic and social change. The center undertakes historical research, develops educational initiatives, creates exhibitions, and hosts public programming to advance new perspectives on invention and innovation and to foster interactions between the public and inventors. The Lemelson Hall of Invention and Innovation, featuring Draper Spark!Lab, “Places of Invention” and “Inventive Minds,” is a signature part of the National Museum of American History’s 45,000-square-foot space centered on the theme of innovation. For more information, visit

About Waymo
Waymo is a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. We’re determined to improve transportation for people around the world, building on software and sensor technology developed in Google’s labs since 2009. In October 2015, we achieved the world’s first fully self-driving trip on public roads, in a car without a steering wheel or pedals. We refine Waymo technology through one billion miles of simulation testing each year, and our cars have self-driven over two million miles on public roads across four U.S. cities. 
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