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Brad Schmitz from Glandorf is a national winner in the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge! Brad was a four year participant of The Putnam County Educational Service Center's Youth Summer Tech Camps and has continued coding his own video games to become what is officially one of the most brilliant young computer programmers in the world!

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media today announced the names of 16 middle school and high school students including Schmitz as the winners of the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge. The competition aims to motivate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among students in grades 5-12 by tapping into their enthusiasm for playing and making video games. The top original video games and game design concepts were selected in 14 categories from nearly 4000 entries.

Each winner will receive an AMD-powered laptop computer with game design and educational software. The individualís or teamís sponsor organization will receive a cash prize of $2000.

The 2013 STEM Challenge is presented by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media along with title sponsors the Entertainment Software Association, the AMD Foundation, Microsoftís Xbox 360 and national community sponsors the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in The New York Community Trust. National outreach partners are BrainPOP, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting PBS KIDS Ready To Learn Initiative, Global Kids, Learning Games Network and Edmodo.

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