123ICT Create a Digital Game with Scratch Competition

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scratch_logo123ICT Competition – Summer Term 2014 – Create a Digital Game with Scratch

Your chance to win a year’s subscription to RM EasiMaths or a Free Pupil Workshop for your School!

As learning to code will become an important part of the new Computing Curriculum arriving in September, we thought that it would be good if our competition for term five was to create a simple digital game using the free programming application Scratch. This will provide an excellent opportunity for children to get to grips with programming and get used to the Scratch, block-based, language prior to the new curriculum being introduced. The competition, this time, is for Key Stage Two children only and, in addition to providing a vehicle for them to create an enjoyable digital game of their own, it will also allow them to begin writing and debugging programs.

EasiMathsThe winning school will receive a year’s subscription to RM EasiMaths, kindly donated by RM Education. The runner up school will receive a free 123ICT pupil workshop.

All entries will be published on our website and notification of the winners will also be sent to our schools during Term Six.

Creating a Digital Game Using Scratch

Entries for this competition are to be created and submitted using Scratch. a super, free and easily downloadable resource for PCs and MACs. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games and animations using its easy to use drag-and-drop, block-based, language and you can also share your creations with others in the online community.

To inspire you and help you to create your own game, Scratch has eight example games already built in: Guessing Game, Pacman, FishChomp and Pong, to name but a few. You may want to use one of these examples as a framework for a game; simply by changing the example’s scripts, sprites and backgrounds you could personalise the game to make it your own. Of course, If you wish, you can also create your own game without adapting any of the examples. For further inspiration, more examples of games created using Scratch can be found on the Scratch website:

Competition Guidelines

  • The competition is intended for Key Stage Two children.
  • Each 123ICT school is entitled to submit one entry per year group to the competition.
  • There will be a year’s subscription to RM EasiMaths, kindly donated by RM, for the first place entry and a 123ICT workshop, of the school’s choice, for the runner up.
  • As usual, judging of all entries for our competitions will be carried out by the 123ICT team, calling upon any additional expertise necessary to assist in that judgement.
  • The winning entries, along with all other submissions, will be published on our website and notification of the winners will also be sent to our schools during Term Six.
  • Entries should be e-mailed as attachments to A reply e-mail will be sent to all submitting schools to confirm receipt.
  • Closing date: no later than Friday 6 Jun 2014.

Should you have any further questions regarding the competition, please e-mail them to me at the above competitions address or speak to your 123ICT Consultant who will be happy to assist you.

Good luck, I look forward to viewing your entries.

Andy Campbell (123ICT Competitions)