How old do I need to be to enter the competition?
Team members must have been born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2009
How many team members do we need to enter the competition?
Teams need to consist of between three to six members of children of the eligible age.
How do we register our team?
A teacher, adult supervisor or Code Club volunteer needs to register your team on the Coding Competition website. The individual responsible for registering your team must be able to demonstrate UK residency.
Can our adult supervisor register more than one team?
Yes, absolutely! But please, do ensure that no single child registers for more than one team. Any team containing a child registered to more than one team will not be able to compete.
When can we enter the competition?
Your team can submit its entry from 9am on 11 September 2017 to 4pm on 9 February 2018. You’re getting ahead of yourself a little here though; would you like to know what we are expecting from our entries?
What is our team expected to enter, how do we create it and how do we submit it?
Woah! You have asked a lot of questions there, but that’s more like it.
Once you have finalised your team, you need to decide upon a Team Name and design a Team Logo. Your team must then create a game that fits the theme of ‘Healthy lifestyles’. The game needs to be coded in the software programme ‘Scratch’, and any version of the Scratch software can be used. Check out the Scratch community by visiting the Scratch website.
Once you are happy with your completed game, you need to create a 2 minute YouTube video which explains and shows how the game works, how it was coded and how the game fits with the competition marking criteria, which can be found above. For this, we recommend that you use a screen capture and voice over method so that judges can clearly see the game. Please do not include images of team members in your video, but remember that the video needs to show the Team name and Team Logo that the team has designed.
To submit the YouTube video, upload the video link above. Please make sure that the video’s privacy setting is set to ‘Public’ or ‘Unlisted’.
It would be great if there were a place for us to meet up with fellow coders to discuss our ideas and receive one to one support from coding gurus… what would we call such a place?
Hold on, you just described a Code Club! Code Clubs are very real places where your team can meet to work on your game with the help of adult volunteers. Find your nearest Code Club or encourage an adult supervisor to set one up.
What support is available to us if we get stuck?
If you’re stuck on a particular sequence, need a hand navigating a programme, or have a specific question about the competition, contact us using the following email address, quoting ‘Coding Competition 2017/18’ in the email subject: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is this support also available to our adult supervisor?
Of course, and if they feel as though they would like some additional support to help them get started in teaching Scratch, they may wish to enrol on the following free online training course provided by the Raspberry Pi Foundation: Teaching Programming in Primary Schools.
What other resources are available to us that may be of use?
Our official ‘Rules and Advice’ document is a good place to start…
As is our ‘Terms and Conditions’ document. The ‘Scratch’ section of the Code Club Projects resource provides step-by-step guides for creating Scratch projects to help you better understand how to program your own game.
We see that it is recommended that our submission is created by using a screen capture and voice over method - is there a particular program we can use to do this?
There are many ways in which you can record your video, and we're not too picky about how you do this; as long as you clearly demonstrate to us how your game works.
However, we do recommend that you check out Screencast-O-Matic, which provides an easy-to-use and free screen recorder for Windows, Mac, and Chromebook.
OK, we’re comfortable with what is required from our team, but what do we get if we win?
Great question. Besides the pride that will no doubt be associated with being crowned the best young coders in the country, the winning team will also be presented with the prestigious Coding Competition shield, to be awarded at a prize giving ceremony held in their local community. Furthermore, each member of the winning team will also be given a Raspberry Pi Starter Kit to encourage them to continue developing their coding skills.
Members of the team finishing in second place will each receive their own Raspberry Pi computer in recognition of their supreme coding abilities!
Members of the team finishing in third place will each receive their own BBC micro:bit. If you’ve finished third in a national coding competition, it’s the least you deserve!
All competition participants will receive a certificate recognising their efforts and achievements.
Now we’re really keen to enter! Are there any other key dates we should be aware of?
Another great question. So, you already know that the competition opens at 9am on 11 September 2017 and the submission deadline is at 4pm on 9 February 2018.
You should also be aware that from 11 September 2017 to 9 January 2018 you are encouraged to formally register your interest to participate in the competition and to let us know if there is any extra support that you need.
Once the submission deadline passes on 9 February 2018, our judging panel will judge all submitted and eligible entries from 10 February 2018 to 28 February 2018.
And finally, in early March 2018 our winning team will be presented with their Coding Competition shield in a prize giving ceremony held in their local community. The date of the ceremony is to be confirmed with the competition winners.