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Halloween competition 🎃

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

The competition:
Pupils have to code a haunted house Halloween themed Scratch project. You can submit entries here bit.ly/HalloweenComp21

See below for more details.

Is it free to enter?

Yes, the competition is free to enter.

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 all UK and Ireland Primary and Secondary schools. But there is nothing stopping schools across the world using this as a Halloween themed lesson.

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 we enter as a team?

Unfortunately not for this specific competition no. All entries for the competition are individual.

I don’t know how to code using Scratch. Is there anywhere I can go for help?

Not to worry. We would recommend looking at the animation tutorial on the Scratch website to get ideas and help you get started.

Can I include more than just a haunted house in my Scratch project?

Yes! Be as creative as possible. You can find out more about the judging criteria below.

What is the judging criteria?

Only entries that have a haunted house featured somewhere in the entry will be accepted. We encourage you to be creative and add extra items.

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. This could be an animation, a story, a joke, a game, a card etc it is completely up to you.

How do I submit entries?

All entries must be submitted by a teacher using this form bit.ly/HalloweenComp21. Entries must be submitted by an official school email or entries will not be included in the competition.

We aren’t able to access Scratch online. Is it OK to send a Scratch file with pupils entries?

Yes. Just send the pupil’s full name and year group to competitions@dresscode.org.uk with the Scratch file attached.

I get an error on the form when submitting the Scratch link?

Not to worry. You must submit a valid URL starting with https://

Can pupils 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 by the end of December. 

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. For example, Max 1 and Max 2 would be acceptable.

 

If you have any other questions you can contact us through the competitions@dresscode.org.uk We cannot wait to see what you all come up with. Have fun and happy Halloween 🎃!