About the Summer PyGames

Together we can change our world, one game at a time.

The Summer pyGames is a competition for High School age students to create educational video games. Video games are then made available on this site and distributed to schools working with the Palmetto Project in South Carolina. Using open source software students have 6 weeks to create an educational video game for students grade level kindergarten through 6th grade. Games are then judged and winners announced.

Leading student teams receive valuable prizes to help them continue to pursue post secondary education. Last year prize was notebooks for the winning team. We aim to collect enough this year to provide laptops for the winning students. Please donate or help us by spreading the word about the Summer pyGames. 100% volunteer all donations go to prizes for the students and maintaining the competition. A 501c, the Summer pyGames is in its third year of operation.


The Summer pyGames began in 2009 when students from FIRST Robotics Team 342 took time from their summer to sit down and do some serious gaming.Lead by Elizabeth Barndollar of BAE Systems, Travis Axtel of SPAWAR, and Zenko Klapko of the Charleston Linux Users Group the team located XO laptops to develop on with the specification that they make a 4rth grade math game. The Team debuted the beta version of Burnie's Balloons at 'Software Freedom Day 2009' and then at 'Barcamp Charleston 2009'' . Meeting up with the The Palmetto Project the team learned that their game could be distributed to schools all throughout South Carolina and that there was a need for educational games to make learning fun. This summer we are challenging all students to participate an create their own games. Games that make math, Language, & Science fun! And to change our world, one game at a time.

Video by Team 342 the Burning Magnetos! Can't see the video? Download 1.63MB

Next Summer pyGames event is open registration, beginning Pi Day 3.14.2011

Summer pyGames.wmv1.63 MB