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Competition

We are so excited about this competition! This competition is open to all Primary and Secondary pupils in the UK and Ireland.

The competition: This competition is open for you to design and create your very own project. This could be to create something fun, educational or raise awareness of a cause that is important to you. The only condition is it must be made with code.

Coding categories;
– Best Scratch/Scratch Jr project
– Best Website
– Best App project
– Best MakeCode Arcade project
– Best Machine Learning project
РBest project using any language such as Python of Java 

Entries can be individual or in teams with a maximum of 4 members.

Is it free to enter?

Yes, the competition is free to enter.

When does the competition close?

Midnight on the 31st of July.

Is this a girls only competition?

No. While dressCode clubs and competitions primarily focus on closing the gender gap and clubs and competitions for girls, we are also helping raise the profile of Computing Science in schools. Competitions are a great way to help get pupils engaged in coding and to help inspire them into Computing Science.

Who can take part?

The competition is only open to pupils in the UK or Ireland at Primary or Secondary school.

Are you able to provide feedback for entries?

Unfortunately not. Previous competitions have had a significant number of entries and dressCode is run by three teachers, we would love to give feedback to everyone, but it’s just not possible. Rest assured that every entry will be considered and judged fairly.

Can pupils enter individually?

Yes.

Can pupils enter as a team?

Yes. This is a group competition, team up to 4 pupils.

What can my project entry be?

Be as creative as possible. We have a number of coding categories; Best project for Scratch, Website, App, MakeCode Arcade, Machine Learning or a project using any language. You could create a game, story, animation using Scratch or make a website, interactive card or poster. Some inspiration: https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/projects/happy-birthday https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/projects/wanted

What is the judging criteria?

The judges will be looking for creative, eye catching entries that stand out. There must be code used to make your ideas come to life.

How do I submit entries?

All entries must include a teacher email using this form bit.ly/SummerOfCodeCompetition22 Entries must be submitted by an official school email or entries will not be included in the competition. A teacher email must be included so we can contact them if you have a winning entry and get prizes to your team. Alternatively you can send the pupils full name and year group to competitions@dresscode.org.uk with the Scratch file attached.

What can I use to code and is there anywhere I can go for help?

There are lots of coding tools you can use and lots of tutorials to help you. 

Scratch – find out more using Scratch tutorials – https://scratch.mit.edu/
Website – https://replit.com/ or https://trinket.io/
App – using Thunkable https://thunkable.com/#/
MakeCode Arcade – https://arcade.makecode.com/
Machine Learning – https://machinelearningforkids.co.uk/
or a project using any language, Python or Java for example.

Can pupil submit more than one entry?

No. We are only accepting one entry per pupil. If we receive multiple entries from an individual pupil we will take the first submission as the entry from the competition.

What are the prizes?

We have lots of cool tech gadgets to give away such as Sphero minis, Makey Makey kits, Raspberry Pi 400 and Divoom Pixel Art. We are unable to let pupils pick which prize they would like as the prizes that are sent out depend on the availability of products.

When will the winners be announced?

We will contact the teacher associated with the winning entry before the end of September.

Our school will not allow us to submit pupils first and second names can I still enter?

Yes. We understand the security concerns around pupil data. We will never share pupils data we only collect this so we can inform you if that individual pupil has won a prize, please see our privacy policy. If you feel more comfortable providing the pupils first name and then a unique identifier so that you will be able to identify between pupils with the same first name that is fine. For example, Max 1 and Max 2 would be acceptable.

If you have any other questions or issues you can contact us through the competitions@dresscode.org.uk We cannot wait to see what you all come up with.