If you would like to take part there are a few steps you will need to do.
Secondly, submit your entry via email to DVLACodeChallenge@digital.dvla.gov.uk with the subject line “DVLA Code Challenge 2017” no later than 23.59 on Friday 6th October 2017.
Your team entry must include the following;
1. a short 3 minute film to showcase how the group came up with the idea, designed and built the game
2. the SCRATCH 2 game (SB2 file)
3. and finally a reflection on teamwork.
Your game must have an original design which could be in the form of a game, quiz or animation. The only coding language that can be used to create the game is SCRATCH 2.
Include evidence of your SCRATCH 2 code e.g. screenshots, or photographs of the final product, design of the game. Things to build into your 3 minute film;
- What did it look like before you started coding?
- Do you have any characters?
- How did you decide what the project was going to achieve?
- Reflection (How did you make decisions as a team?
- Discuss the team responsibility of each member of your team.
- What steps did you take to build the game?
- Did you make any changes, if so, what changes did you make?
- What did you learn when creating the final project?).
For the challenge final, you can nominate as many teams of two to five young people from your primary school, library or Community Code Club Group.
Each group will be able to enter as many themes as they want, but can only enter each theme once. This means each team could have a total of four entries, one for each theme but not four entries for one theme.
All groups must be aged between 7 and 11 years old and be able to attend the final challenge and prize day event on the 28th November, 2017.
As the shortlisted teams will be photographed and or filmed during the day, all the relevant parent permission documents will need to be signed beforehand.
It is important that this is a mixed ability group. Only team entries can be accepted into the challenge and all team entries must provide a Teacher or Team Lead contact and have the support of their school or organisation, before entering.
The challenge will enable interested pupils to develop their problem solving, communication and teamwork skills as well as improving their knowledge of computer programming in a fun and innovative way.
Some things to consider when creating your entry;
- Is your game innovative?
- Will people want to play it?
- Can you access similar games elsewhere?
- What makes your game different?
- How will you ensure others will want to play your game?
- Make your game look fun and be creative!
Things to consider when filming your project:
- What the theme means to you
- How did you come up with the idea for the game?
- Who the game is for?
- Who is in your team?
- How did you create the game?
The final five shortlisted teams will be notified no later than 3.30pm on Monday 6th November 2017. Shortlisted teams will then be invited to attend the DVLA Code Challenge 2017 prize day at the DVLA Digital Theatre at the Richard Ley Development Centre (RLDC) in Swansea, on the 28th November 2017, where each team will be given the opportunity to showcase their entry to academics and special guest judges. Lucy Owen (BBC News and X Ray Presenter) will be hosting the event. The best entries will receive prizes and every team will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
By entering the Competition, you will be automatically entered into the prize draw.
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