Scratch gets a bad press with its colourful blocks and cartoon sprites, people automatically assume that it’s intended for just primary school learners, when it so isn’t. There is so much to learn and achieve through the platform. So to prove a point, First Coding entered a game built using Scratch into a game dev competition. Pitched against other game developers who were using the likes of Unity and other engines to build their creations, despite feeling like a little fish in a big pond, this little Scratch game came third overall!
Here were some of the comments the game received from other developers:
The voting period was kept open for a week after the competition had finished, giving people plenty of time to play all the games that had been entered. The final result for our entry was as follows:
Children who have previously attended our Android App Building workshops may be pleased to hear that the team over at App Inventor (the platform we use to build our apps) will shortly be running their Appathon 2021 app building competition for all ages.
The theme of the competition is to design and make an app that helps someone in need or makes a difference to the community. I know from running these workshops that pupils have a great imagination and I have no doubt they could come up with some creative ideas for this contest.
If you’re interested, or know someone who might, the link to the competition is here: https://appathon.
appinventor.mit.edu . Registration opens on the 1st of June with the competition running between the 18th and 31st June.
It has been a busy time for First Coding with our GCSE Computer Science tuition sessions proving popular but we’re also going to be involved in a number of really exciting projects in and around Salisbury.
There are plans to get involved with a local creative hub based in the city, as well as collaborations with local independent business and more exciting school clubs to come. In the meantime, it would be nice also post about inspirational projects, so I’m kicking things off with my TED talk about the benefits of creative coding from last year.
Good luck to everyone who took part in the First Coding BAFTA Young Game Designers’ workshop. The quality of games produced over the six weeks was incredible. BAFTA have recently announced that they’re extending the deadline, so you now have until the 24th March to submit your games. THE VERY BEST OF LUCK!
Thank you to everyone who attended the online Christmas cracker workshop. Children built interactive animations that selected random jokes from a list. You can view one of the projects here: https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/462933204/ Here’s wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and may your cracker jokes be funny as ours!
Game designers assemble! You could be an award winner game designer.
This is First Coding’s most exciting workshop yet! Join our 6 week game design workshop and build a game to enter into next year’s prestigious BAFTA Young Game Designer Awards. The sessions will help you refine your ideas, getting them ready for submission to the Design Awards.
To join in, you should be familiar with Scratch, between 11 & 15 years old and have bucket loads of enthusiasm.
Starting Saturday 23rd January 2pm – 3pm
£120 per pupil | Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org
BAFTA’s full terms and conditions can be found here: http://ygd.bafta.org/sites/default/files/uploads/YGDTermsandConditions2020-2021.pdf
First Coding will be running the popular creative Christmas Coding Workshop next month for 7 to 11 year olds. Using Scratch, we’ll be learning how to make our own animated cracker joke generators. All our workshops are currently being hosted online via Zoom.
It’s time to get festive and creative!
Saturday 12th December 2pm – 4pm
£20 per pupil | Bookings: email@example.com
Listeners to BBC Radio Wiltshire will be able to hear all about some of the great projects coming out of First Coding tomorrow morning. Hopefully the projects featured will demonstrate that even the most simplest of ideas can often be the most fun and creative. The game design idea that is being launched shortly is also revealed as we plan for a creative Christmas. I’ve been told the interview will be aired on the Breakfast Show tomorrow morning. The link will also be posted when it’s made available.