That's how I greeted my 5th graders last week as we entered the final weeks of the school year. Our tool of choice for this project? Gamestar Mechanic!
For those students look for a slightly more robust tool for designing video games, I've been recommending Scratch from MIT.
Either of these tools can be used if students choose to enter the National STEM Video Game Challenge, which is open to students in grades 5-12. More information can be found on the challenge homepage at http://www.stemchallenge.org/.
- Mr. Winner