Technology Volunteers support competitions each year, encouraging school children to show off their skills with technology. Each year, we alternate between running our own Technology Volunteers competition and supporting the competitions run by BCS Coventry.
- Currently No Competitions Running
- 2010-11: Technology Volunteers Competition
- 2011-12: BCS Competition
- 2012-13: Technology Volunteers Competition
Every two years, the BCS Coventry branch have run the Challenge IT competition. The competition is open to all students in secondary schools in Coventry and surrounding areas; clubs and organised youth groups are also welcome to enter.
Technology Volunteers support the BCS competitions and in the past we have helped judge the winning entries.
- 2015–16 BCS Competition
- 2011–12 BCS Competition
2011-12 BCS Competition
The competition run in the 2011–12 academic year by the BCS Coventry branch was a great success. Technology Volunteers helped to judge the event, and we all found the standard of entries to be exceptionally high.
The competition took a different format to previous years and allowed entries in the following categories:
- Web Based Application or Website
- Digital Animation
- Design for a Mobile Phone App
- To encourage interest in careers in IT through contact with local schools;
- To help local school pupils to develop awareness of good practice and a range of skills including IT, team working and project planning;
- To promote and develop effective links between local schools, industry and higher education;
- To foster understanding of how IT can deliver a product, service or business solution;
- To promote professional practice in the local community through the work of the BCS and particularly the Coventry branch.
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Technology Volunteers have run primary school Scratch competitions; the competition invited entries from primary schools in the Coventry and Warwickshire area and looked for creative and original Scratch programs. We are now looking to run a Technology Volunteers competition in future years – watch this space!
2010-11 Technology Volunteers Competition
In the 2010-11 academic year, Technology Volunteers ran a Scratch programming competition for Primary school children in the Coventry and Warwickshire area. Each school was allowed to submit upto three entries for judging, as long as they were the students' own work.
A big thank you to all those involved in the competition, and to BCS Coventry and Warwick Volunteers for sponsoring the event!
The competition was judged by the BCS Coventry branch at their ICT&L conference, and the winners were:
Competition winner, and first in school:
Harrison Duffield, Grange Farm Primary School (£60 Book Token Won)
Competition runner up, and first in school:
Grace Fenelly, Coundon Primary School (£40 Book Token Won)
Original Competition Information:
Through sponsorship from BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, we are pleased to announce a Scratch comptition for primary school children. Primary Schools working with the Technology Volunteers are invited to submit up to 3 Scratch programs from students at their school.
Any Scratch program can be submitted, as long as it is the students' own work. Examples could be:
- a story,
- or animation,
It can be an individual entry or a group effort (maximum of 3 pupils). Students are free to develop their own Scratch program or can submit their interpretation of the Scratch workshop example.
The entries will be judged on their creativity and originality.
A prize will be awarded for the best entry from each school (either individual or team )and there will be a prize for the overall best entry from all the schools participating in the competition.
Entries will be judged by BCS (Coventry) branch.
Closing date & entry submission: Entries can be submitted up to the end of school spring term (13th April for Warwickshire, 8th April for Coventry).
To submit an entry, teachers should upload the scratch program to the competition file space - here. (In the note field - please enter the school name, your name and email address)
(1) Competition entries must be written in Scratch, and submitted by staff at the primary school.
(2) The entry must be the original work of the student (or students).
(3) Primary schools can participate in the competition by invitation only.
(4) Entries can be the work of an individual or a group (up to a maximum size of 3).
(5) The decisions of the judges are final.
This competition is sponsored by BCS, and Warwick Volunteers
2012-13 Technology Volunteers Competition
This Competition Is Now Closed
Our 2012-13 Scratch Competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered! All of the entries are great, and we will be contacting everyone as soon as the winners have been decided.
We are pleased to announce our new 2012-13 Scratch competition for primary school aged children, living or attending school in the local area (Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull, South Leicestershire), thanks to sponsorship from BCS (Coventry), the Chartered Institute for IT. Entries should be submitted by 30th April 2013.
Any Scratch program can be entered as long as it is the child's own work. For example it could be:
- a game
- an animation
- a story
Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
- Creativitity and Originality: Is it a new idea?
- Fun Factor: Would other children find it exciting?
The entry should be submitted by an adult on behalf of the child (their parent, guardian or teacher). All entries will be checked and a shortlist drawn up by the Technology Volunteers. The shortlisted entries will be passed to the BCS Coventry Branch for the final judging.
What are the prizes?
We have 8 Scratch Sensor boards (Picoboards) to give away as prizes to winning entries. These boards enable Scratch projects to interact with the real world. The overall competition winner will get their project featured on our website, and have the chance to demonstate their program in some exciting events in 2013.
Who can enter?
The competition is open to all children of primary school age living or attending a school in the local area (Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull and South Leicestershire). Entries must be submitted by an adult (their parent, guardian or teacher) on behalf of the child.
Submitting an entry.
Entries should be uploaded to the MIT Scratch website, using the 'Share' button in Scratch. More information about how to share with Scratch can be found at:
Once an entry has been uploaded, please complete the Competition Entry Form.
- Competition entries must be created using the latest version of Scratch, which can be downloaded for free from MIT's website (http://scratch.mit.edu).
- The competition is open to all children of primary school age living or attending a school in the local area (Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull and South Leicestershire).
- The entry must be the original work of the child, and only one entry can be made on behalf of a child.
- All entries must be uploaded to the MIT Scratch website, before 30th April 2013. The 'Competition Entry Form' on our website must also be submitted by this time.
- The entries stored on the MIT Scratch Website will be checked and downloaded shortly after the entry has been made on this website. Changes made to an entry on the MIT Scratch Website beyond this time may not be considered.
- Entries can only be submitted once, unless in extenuating circumstances as decided by the competition organisers. If you would like to resubmit your entry, please let us know using the form below.
- All information you provide for an entry must be valid at the time of submission; otherwise your entry cannot be considered.
- The rules and information for this competition can change at any time. All changes, along with our most up-to-date information, will be included on our this page (http://go.warwick.ac.uk/ScratchCompetition).
- The decisions of the judges and competition organisers are final.
The 2012-13 Technology Volunteers competition has been kindly sponsored by BCS Coventry.
If you any questions about the competition, please use the form below:
This form is closed and is no longer accepting any submissions.
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