Make the Robot Go! 123ICT Autumn Competition

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enter_to_win123ICT Competition – Autumn Term 2014-15

Make the Robot Go!  –  Create a Short Key Stage One Floor Robot Programming Video

Your chance to win a brand new Infant Roamer® floor robot, or a Free Pupil Workshop for your School!

As the new computing curriculum gets under way this term, we thought that it would be good if our first competition of the academic year was to create a short Key Stage One programming video. The video is to be filmed and directed by Key Stage Two children, starring Key Stage One children and using Roamers, Beebots or similar floor robot technology as equipment. It need only be a brief video showing the younger children explaining, creating and executing a simple program with the technology. We believe that the competition will provide an excellent opportunity for Key Stage One children to develop their programming skills and in addition, it will allow Key Stage Two children the chance to practise and improve upon their video capture and editing skills. As the children will be working on the project together, it could also present an additional opportunity in the school year to promote inter-school collaboration and encourage teamwork across the Key Stages.

RoamerTooThe winning school will receive a brand new Infant Roamer® floor robot, kindly donated by Valiant Technology Ltd. The runner-up school will receive a free 123ICT pupil workshop. All entries will be published on our website and notification of the winners and runners-up will also be sent to our schools during Term Two.

 Make the Robot Go!

Entries for this competition should comprise of a short instructional video which presents Key Stage One children explaining what they are doing, whilst creating and executing a simple program that controls an item of floor robot technology such as a Roamer® or Beebot. The video content will be judged with due regard to the children’s age, the equipment used, the complexity of the program written and the quality of the explanation given by the children. The video should be recorded by Key Stage Two children. It can be filmed with virtually any digital capture equipment – as found on most digital cameras, iPads, etc – but it must be submitted in a recognised video file format (WMV, MP4, etc) to ensure that it can be viewed on a computer. Although we hope that the competition task itself should not be overly time consuming, we are aware that it may involve a bit of organisation between classes and teachers. Therefore, to provide sufficient time for this, we have increased the running time of the competition by three weeks and hope that will prove to be enough time to do the topic justice.

Competition Guidelines

  • The competition is intended for Key Stage One and Two children working together, including age appropriate entries from special needs schools.
  • Each 123ICT school is entitled to submit one entry per year group to the competition.
  • There will be a brand new Infant Roamer®floor robot, kindly donated by Valiant Technology Ltd, for the first place entry and a 123 ICT pupil workshop, of the schools 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 https://www. and notification of the winners will also be sent out to our schools during Term Two.
  • 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 21 November 2014.

robotsFurther Information

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)