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Two Tampa-area Students Win National STEM Video Game Challenge

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Two Tampa Bay-area student have been named winners in the National STEM Video Game Challenge.

It’s a competition to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by learning, playing and making video games.

Twenty-eight middle school and high school students from across the U.S. were selected as winners for their original game designs.

Shashank Mahesh won in the middle school division for “Mission 17639: Planetcorp.” He lives in Gibsonton.

And Daniel Gasiorek of Riverview won in the high school division for “ViViD ABYSS.”

The Middle School and High School category winners will each receive AMD-based laptops, game design software packages and other tools to support their skill development.

A video featuring a look at the youth competition over the last two years is available at http://youtu.be/3m9nMSJGpDQ .

Game highlights for each of the youth, collegiate, and educator winners can be found at http://bitly.com/youth_stem12 and http://bitly.com/adults_stem12 .

The National STEM Video Game Challenge is organized by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media in partnership with sponsors the Entertainment Software Association, AMD Foundation, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting/ PBS KIDS Ready To Learn Initiative.