Beyond the Game Challenges for ALL Gamers

So, what's a Beyond the Game Challenge?

Beyond the Game Challenges are where esports Clubs across North America can tap into their talent apart from their competitive teams! Here, students with interests in the different sectors of the Esports Ecosystem (below) can learn new skills, expand their knowledge, and gain real experience in potential future career opportunities.

So, for the student who loves video games and esports - we want to see your passion for esports and your esports club come alive this winter! Use your creativity, curiosity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills to take on one or more of the challenges below! 


2021 NASEF Farmcraft Beyond the Game Challenges

About

Introducing the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) Farmcraft Beyond the Game Challenges, where scholastic esports students may explore different roles and perspectives within the Esports Ecosystem (Content Creators, Entrepreneurs, Strategists and Organizers) to think beyond esports! Our NASEF Farmcraft Beyond the Game Challenges encourage students to learn more about agriculture and how food is produced!

NASEF Farmcraft Beyond the Game Challenges

Inventing a new corn, cow, mushroom. What problem did you identify in a plant or animal, identifying what change you need to make. Make one change to this crop or animal that will solve this problem with a farmer. Are rabbits nibbling at your strawberry farm? What if the strawberries were able to deter the rabbits themselves?

Challenge

Reinvent a crop or livestock to address a problem!

Challenge Details

  • Research different agricultural production techniques and global conditions using our Research guide.
  • Analyze the features and qualities of a particular crop or livestock.
  • Create a pitch. Before you tackle this Challenge, spend some time thinking about what you will need to do to accomplish it. A few items to think about: 
  • Present your pitch. 
    • How would you present your eatery to a television crew or news reporter? Use resources such as videos and presentations to develop a pitch that answers your new crop or animal, and how it is accomplished! 

For complete details on this challenge, please review our 3-page guide. 

Across all communities, food often is what brings us together. But how does food make its way to our dinner tables? Design a museum or library that educates your community on a piece of food history.  

Challenge

Design a museum or library that educates your community on a piece of food history, including a guided tour for potential visitors!

Challenge Details

  • Research different agricultural production techniques and global conditions using our Research guide.
  • Analyze a particular food, and the role it had on the community over time. 
  • Create a plan. Before you tackle this Challenge, spend some time thinking about what you will need to do to accomplish it. A few items to think about: what tools will you use to model your museum or library? How can you incorporate a timeline in the model?
  • Design your museum or library.
  • Develop and capture a guided tour. 
    • This can be a script with screenshots, step-by-step walkthrough, audio, or video recording.

For complete details on this challenge, please review our 3-page guide. 

From group chats with friends, servers with our favorite communities, and everything beyond, social media is the multi-purpose tool in communications. When we have a cause we are passionate about, we can strategically use social media to get our message out to the public. Identify a cause, and develop a social media campaign to convince our community to jump on board!

Challenge

Develop a social media campaign for a cause you would like your community to support!

Challenge Details

  • Research different agricultural production techniques and global conditions using our Research guide.
  • Analyze different causes around food and agricultural production. 
  • Determine your cause and position. 
    • Where do you stand on the cause?
    • What are the different ways you can use social media to communicate your cause?
    • What is your call to action for your community? 
  • Create a plan. 
  • Implement your social media plan.
    • What will it look like online?
    • Package your social media plan to present at a meeting in a video or presentation format.

Ever wish you could make an edit in life like updating a code in a game? Patch notes in video games share out software updates that shift the game play! Take a look at the food resources in your community--what updates would you make that would improve the community?

Challenge

Create a game update on food resources in your community as if it were a video game!

Challenge Details

  • Research different agricultural production techniques and global conditions using our Research guide.
  • Analyze problems in food within your community. What challenges does your community have with particular foods? 
  • Create a list of solutions in a particular focus area. 
  • Organize your patch notes.
    • What are brand new updates you think are needed in your community?
    • What “bugs” or fixes do you think need to be made to existing resources?
    • For every update, what are the revisions that need to be made?

For complete details on this challenge, please review our 3-page guide. 

Future-seeking STEM learners are always striving to learn more about the career opportunities that await them. Identify a professional working in agricultural biotechnology, climate change, biodiversity and land management, or food security.  What insight can they share about the field?  What path forward might they help you identify?  How can you share your learnings with the rest of your club?

Challenge

Produce an interview with a game changer in agricultural biotechnology, climate change, biodiversity and land management, or food security.

Challenge Details

  • Research different agricultural production techniques and global conditions using our Research guide.
  • Analyze blogs, articles, websites and streams with interviews of professionals in the field. Identify their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Create a plan. Before you tackle this Challenge, spend some time thinking about what you will need to do to accomplish it. Don’t forget to include your list of professionals you would like to research or interview, your questions, type of technology or media you will use to capture your conversation and notes, date and time for the interview!
  • Conduct your interview. (optional)
    • With your parent, guardian or teacher, identify a professional you would like to request to interview.
  • Design the profession as a hero. 
    • What type of comic book character would this profession be? What are their super powers?
    • Present your interview and comic book hero.

For complete details on this challenge, please review our 3-page guide. 

How It Works

Review the list of NASEF Farmcraft Beyond the Game Challenges. Determine which challenge you would like to take on. Plan your tasks and timeline accordingly, accomplish the challenge, and complete your submission online on the Beyond the Game Challenges page. Students may submit entries for more than one Challenge. For teams, an Adult Sponsor is required to submit. 

Full Packet - Farmcraft Beyond the Game Challenges

Submission Form

  • These challenges are open to any student ages 8-18 who is enrolled in middle or high school (secondary school).
  • All entries must be submitted using our online submission by the Challenge deadline.
    • FOR INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS: 
      • The submission form may be completed by students ages 14+ 
      • The submission form must be completed by an Adult Sponsor on behalf of students under the age of 14 years
    • FOR TEAMS: The submission form must be completed by an Adult Sponsor (educator, parent or guardian).
    • Entrants may complete more than one submission per Challenge.
  • Any submission design:
    • Must be your own original work.
    • Must not contain any content that is obscene or offensive.
    • Must not contain your image or any identification markers.
    • Make sure your files are high resolution, not crooked, and can easily be viewed.
  • Submissions should follow the specific Challenge guidelines.
    • Any links to Google, DropBox, OneDrive Folders, or similar file sharing folders must give permission to info@NASEF.org to view the document, image, folder, etc. Please double check all permissions of links. Unfortunately, submissions with locked permissions will be considered incomplete entries for the Challenge.
  • Be sure to check with your parent or legal guardian before sending any information to NASEF.
    • All winners will be required to verify their eligibility by their parent or guardian completing a Liability Release and Publicity Release during the award acknowledgement process.
  • All entries must be submitted to NASEF.org by Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:00pm PDT | 8:00pm EDT | 11:59pm GMT (UTC).

Past BTG Challenges and Award Recipients

About

Introducing our 2021 North America Scholastic Esports Federation Digital Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Beyond the Game Challenges! The competition challenged and celebrates students’ imagination while they explore different roles within the Esports Ecosystem (Content Creators, Entrepreneurs, Strategists and Organizers). What separates a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest from other chain reaction or innovation competitions is artistry, storytelling, and a sense of humor. This competition is now closed. 

Students were encouraged to invent fun and hilarious machines and contraptions while learning new skills and gaining real experience in potential future career opportunities!

You and your friends are competing online against another team and you’re starting to get hungry! You can’t quit the game and let your team down. Can you create a Rube Goldberg machine, or complex contraption that helps you snack while you compete with your team? What would that invention look like? Would you use household items, pets, or toys? How absurd but fun would make it? Artists, graphic designers, and animators help bring life to games and esports competitions. Combine your interests in game design, problem-solving, technology and art.

Challenge

Create a cartoon or comic strip of your device or contraption that absurdly or complicatedly solves a #GamerProblem!

Challenge Steps

Digital Rube Goldberg Beyond the Game Challenges include three steps: Research, Analyze and Create. Begin your challenge by researching careers in esports and gaming. We encourage you to find careers that interest you and then share what you learned. Next, analyze Rube Goldberg’s career and work and think about how his skills and approach can help solve the problem or create your invention.  Your last step is to create your invention! Here are a few guidelines for each step:

  • STEP #1: RESEARCH careers in gaming and esports. 
    • Select a career in gaming and esports. Some examples include: graphic designers, video game artists, shoutcasters, animators and gaming journalists. 
    • Read about what they do and what type of education or experience you might need.
    • Share what you learned. What are three skills or qualities you find most important for this career? 
  • STEP #2: ANALYZE the work of Rube Goldberg. He was a cartoonist, inventor, and only person ever to be listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as an adjective. His inventions, also known as Rube Goldberg Machines, solved a simple task in the most overcomplicated, inefficient, and hilarious way possible. Visit the Rube Goldberg site for archives of past inventions and comic strips. Now that you know his style, analyze the Challenge. What will you need to complete the Challenge and solve the problem? How does his skills contribute to your design?
  • STEP #3: CREATE your submission! We want your wacky, fun, and hilarious creations.
    • Examples include: design a dust-blower for your game cartridge or exercise machine that allows you to play games while you’re exercising.

Click to download complete details, including Challenge Steps, Judging Criteria, and Submission Guidelines

Competitive modes are fun, but ever want to dive deep into building and custom maps? We challenge you to create a Rube Goldberg machine, or complex contraption, in your favorite game’s custom mode! How will you create the six Rube Goldberg elements (inclined plane, lever, pulley, screw, wedge, wheel and axle)? Game designers, software developers and graphic artists help bring life to games and esports competitions. Combine your interests in game design, problem-solving, technology and art.

Challenge

Create a Rube Goldberg machine in your favorite game’s custom map making mode!

Challenge Steps

Digital Rube Goldberg Beyond the Game Challenges include three steps: Research, Analyze and Create. Begin your challenge by researching careers in esports and gaming. We encourage you to find careers that interest you and then share what you learned. Next, analyze Rube Goldberg’s career and work and think about how his skills and approach can help solve the problem or create your invention.  Your last step is to create your invention! Here are a few guidelines for each step:

  • STEP #1: RESEARCH careers in gaming and esports. 
    • Select a career in gaming and esports. Some examples include: graphic designers, video game artists, shoutcasters, animators and gaming journalists. 
    • Read about what they do and what type of education or experience you might need.
    • Share what you learned. What are three skills or qualities you find most important for this career? 
  • STEP #2: ANALYZE the work of Rube Goldberg. He was a cartoonist, inventor, and only person ever to be listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as an adjective. His inventions, also known as Rube Goldberg Machines, solved a simple task in the most overcomplicated, inefficient, and hilarious way possible. Visit the Rube Goldberg site for archives of past inventions and comic strips. Now that you know his style, analyze the Challenge. What will you need to complete the Challenge and solve the problem? How does his skills contribute to your design?
  • STEP #3: CREATE your submission! We want your wacky, fun, and hilarious creations.
    • Consider games such as Roblox, Fortnite, or other titles with custom map making abilities.

Click to download complete details, including Challenge Steps, Judging Criteria, and Submission Guidelines. 

“And there you have it folks, what a match!” Have you ever watched a game and shoutcasting is the mid-match commentary you hear that provides in-depth analysis of the game that guides the viewer while also hyping up the match. Can you take on the challenge of shoutcasting the progression of a Rube Goldberg machine? Shoutcasters, hosts, and other on-camera talent help illustrate the story within games and esports competitions. Combine your interests in production, story-telling, and putting on a great show.

Challenge

Cast a Rube Goldberg machine in action! 

Challenge Steps

Digital Rube Goldberg Beyond the Game Challenges include three steps: Research, Analyze and Create. Begin your challenge by researching careers in esports and gaming. We encourage you to find careers that interest you and then share what you learned. Next, analyze Rube Goldberg’s career and work and think about how his skills and approach can help solve the problem or create your invention.  Your last step is to create your invention! Here are a few guidelines for each step:

  • STEP #1: RESEARCH careers in gaming and esports. 
    • Select a career in gaming and esports. Some examples include: graphic designers, video game artists, shoutcasters, animators and gaming journalists. 
    • Read about what they do and what type of education or experience you might need.
    • Share what you learned. What are three skills or qualities you find most important for this career? 
  • STEP #2: ANALYZE the work of Rube Goldberg. He was a cartoonist, inventor, and only person ever to be listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as an adjective. His inventions, also known as Rube Goldberg Machines, solved a simple task in the most overcomplicated, inefficient, and hilarious way possible. Visit the Rube Goldberg site for archives of past inventions and comic strips. Now that you know his style, analyze the Challenge. What will you need to complete the Challenge and solve the problem? How does his skills contribute to your design?
  • STEP #3: CREATE your submission! We want your wacky, fun, and hilarious creations.

Click to download complete details, including Challenge Steps, Judging Criteria, and Submission Guidelines. 

What is your favorite board game? Why is that your favorite board game? Do you like the characters? The quest or challenge of the game? Game designers use their skills of creativity and design to develop games for entertainment and education purposes. It involves creating the overall storyline, characters, and rule and how each of those elements interact with each other. Combine your interest in theorycrafting, design, and story-telling.

Challenge

Design a Rube Goldberg-inspired board game! 

Challenge Steps

Digital Rube Goldberg Beyond the Game Challenges include three steps: Research, Analyze and Create. Begin your challenge by researching careers in esports and gaming. We encourage you to find careers that interest you and then share what you learned. Next, analyze Rube Goldberg’s career and work and think about how his skills and approach can help solve the problem or create your invention.  Your last step is to create your invention! Here are a few guidelines for each step:

  • STEP #1: RESEARCH careers in gaming and esports. 
    • Select a career in gaming and esports. Some examples include: graphic designers, video game artists, shoutcasters, animators and gaming journalists. 
    • Read about what they do and what type of education or experience you might need.
    • Share what you learned. What are three skills or qualities you find most important for this career? 
  • STEP #2: ANALYZE the work of Rube Goldberg. He was a cartoonist, inventor, and only person ever to be listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as an adjective. His inventions, also known as Rube Goldberg Machines, solved a simple task in the most overcomplicated, inefficient, and hilarious way possible. Visit the Rube Goldberg site for archives of past inventions and comic strips. Now that you know his style, analyze the Challenge. What will you need to complete the Challenge and solve the problem? How does his skills contribute to your design?
  • STEP #3: CREATE your submission! We want your wacky, fun, and hilarious creations. 

Click to download complete details, including Challenge Steps, Judging Criteria, and Submission Guidelines. 

When a game becomes very popular amongst all gamers, it is not long after we start talking about how to turn it into an esports. Can you create a tournament to determine who is the best at Rube Goldberg online? Game developers, theory crafters, and tournament organizers help bring people together through games and esports competitions. Combine your interests in event production, tournament organizing and game designing.

Challenge

Design a competitive online Rube Goldberg tournament!

Challenge Steps

Digital Rube Goldberg Beyond the Game Challenges include three steps: Research, Analyze and Create. Begin your challenge by researching careers in esports and gaming. We encourage you to find careers that interest you and then share what you learned. Next, analyze Rube Goldberg’s career and work and think about how his skills and approach can help solve the problem or create your invention.  Your last step is to create your invention! Here are a few guidelines for each step:

  • STEP #1: RESEARCH careers in gaming and esports. 
    • Select a career in gaming and esports. Some examples include: graphic designers, video game artists, shoutcasters, animators and gaming journalists. 
    • Read about what they do and what type of education or experience you might need.
    • Share what you learned. What are three skills or qualities you find most important for this career? 
  • STEP #2: ANALYZE the work of Rube Goldberg. He was a cartoonist, inventor, and only person ever to be listed in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as an adjective. His inventions, also known as Rube Goldberg Machines, solved a simple task in the most overcomplicated, inefficient, and hilarious way possible. Visit the Rube Goldberg site for archives of past inventions and comic strips. Now that you know his style, analyze the Challenge. What will you need to complete the Challenge and solve the problem? How does his skills contribute to your design?
  • STEP #3: CREATE your submission! We want your wacky, fun, and hilarious creations. 

Click to download complete details, including Challenge Steps, Judging Criteria, and Submission Guidelines. 


Spring 2019-20

Abdul M., Centennial High School, CA
Adam H., Lampeter Strasburg High School, PA
Dorothy F., Quincy Junior Senior High School, CA
Ethan A., Edison High School, CA
Grace P., Elite Prep San Jose, CA​

Katrina M., Troy High School, CA
CalAPS (California Advancing Pathways for Students), CA
Nicole S., Fairfield High School, IA
William O., Eleanor Roosevelt High School, CA

Winter 2019-20

Dallas C.Fairfield High School, IA
Bradley C. - Southwest Miami High School, FL
Dustin D. - Cornell School District, PA
Vanessa F. - Miami Lakes Educational Center, FL
Nicholas G. - Elk County Catholic High School, PA
Jazaria G. - ReGenerate Tech, FL

Seung (Angel) J. - Troy High School, CA
Singing Coyote M., Erick P., Bryan A., Adrian T., Huy T., Anthony N.  - Magnolia High School, CA
Khiem N. - Evergreen Valley High School, CA
William O. - Eleanor Roosevelt High School, CA
Dararith S. - Centennial High School, CA
Luke S. - Garnet Valley High School, PA