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Halloween competition 🎃

We are delighted to be supporting the Reboot the Rules Halloween competition! This competition is open to all primary and secondary pupils in the UK and Ireland.

The competition: Pupils have to use code to decorate and animate a pumpkin using Scratch. You can submit entries here bit.ly/RTRHalloweenComp20

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. We know schools in the current situation, as a result of COVID19, are unable to run any clubs, at dressCode we believe now more than ever pupils need more competitions and exciting activities to help inspire them into Computing Science. We believe the Reboot the Rules Halloween competition is a perfect example of this and have teamed up to help reach as many pupils as possible.

Who can take part?

The competition is only open to 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 pumpkin 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 at least one pumpkin that uses code to bring it to life will be accepted. We encourage you to be creative and absolutely add extra items but don’t forget a coded pumpkin or we cannot include it as part of the competition.

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 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/RTROct20. Entries must be submitted by an official school email or entries will not be included in the competition.

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 submitted 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.

When will the winners be announced?

You will find out who has won before the end of November. We will contact the teacher associated with the winning entry and send out the prize to them.

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 first name, year group to competitions@dresscode.org.uk with the Scratch file attached.

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 🎃!

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