Great Arkansas History Video Game Coding Competition

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Office of Computer Science is pleased to announce the second year of the Great Arkansas History Video Game Coding Competition. Open to students in grades 4-8, the competition emphasizes storytelling, state history, and coding, and gives students the ability to use their coding abilities while supporting literary growth and expanding their knowledge of Arkansas history.
This Arkansas Department of Education webpage is the official location to find competition information including locations, dates, times, rules, registration process, updates and results.
Click the image above or here to watch a promotional video about the competition; in addition a promotional flyer is downloadable at

2020-2021 Competition Cycle


Commissioner's Memo announcing the competition.


Intent to Submit Form

Schools interested in having team submissions are encouraged, but not required, to fill out an intent to submit form, by January 31, 2021.


Competition Rules and Preliminary Information

Sponsors and others interested should read the competition rules and Preliminary Information found at:



The Old Gray Lady


The CSforAR Team is excited to announce this year’s theme for the Great Arkansas History Video Game Coding Competition is “The Old Gray Lady” and her influential role in Arkansas HIstory. 
The Old Gray Lady, a moniker of the Arkansas Gazette, first went to press in 1819, seventeen years before statehood was granted. It’s run lasted 172 years, finally closing its doors in 1991 as the self-described longest-continuous-run newspaper west of the Mississippi River. “The Old Gray Lady” has had several editors who influenced Arkansas history, from solidifying the spelling of the state name to influencing political opinions on electoral appointment and racial tolerance. 
“The Old Gray Lady” survived numerous wars, the Great Depression, a massive fire, and much, much more. Help tell her story with your submissions.


Window: March 31, 2021 through noon on April 5, 2021 at noon


Submission Link:


Submission Instructions




For more information, please contact:

Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
State Director of Computer Science Education
Lead Computer Science Specialist
Office of Computer Science Program Advisor
Office of Computer Science Policy Development Coordinator