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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a Scratch teacher account or can I just use my normal account?

    A teacher account in Scratch allows you to link the students to your account, so you can see what they’re working on, change their password and easily access their projects. Children having their own accounts means they learn the valuable skills of signing in and out, managing their own files and they’re less likely to access other children’s projects by accident.

  • Is it safe for the children to have online Scratch accounts of their own?

    Having online accounts is a common part of life and it’s important that children learn how to do this safely. The Scratch website is set up with children in mind, so there is a clear Code of Conduct and behavioural expectations from the outset. As well as this, setting up a teacher account, means that you can see what the children are doing and have control of their accounts to reassure you.

    However, nothing is ever risk-free. Sometimes children are unkind and may, for example, leave a comment that isn’t supportive. In my experience, the Scratch team are very efficient at removing these comments once they have been reported (another useful skill to teach the children!). If you are unsure, refer to your school’s online safety policy and see what the advice is about online accounts.

    You can also use Scratch without using the online accounts by downloading it here: https://scratch.mit.edu/download

  • How old do I need to be to enter the competition?

    Our Young Coders Competition is open for children in years Y4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 (P5, 6, 7 and S1 Scotland, Y5, 6, 7 and 8 Northern Ireland) who can work individually or in teams of 2 - 6 children to create their project.

  • How many team members do we need to enter the competition?

    Teams can consist of two to six children of the eligible age. We will accept individual entries as well.

  • Can our adult supervisor register more than one team?

    Yes, absolutely! But please, do ensure that no single child registers for more than one team. Any team containing a child registered to more than one team will not be able to compete.

  • When can we enter the competition?

    Your team can submit its entry from 14th January 2022 to Friday 27th May 2022.

  • What is our team expected to enter, how do we create it and how do we submit it?

    Once you have finalised your team, you need to decide upon a Team Name. Your team must then create a game that fits the theme of ‘My World our Planet’. The challenge is to create a reactive game which encourages children to take care of natural resources and improve the Environment. The game needs to be coded in the software programme ‘Scratch’, and any version of the Scratch software can be used. Check out the Scratch community by visiting the Scratch website.

    Once you are happy with your completed game, you need to make sure instructions on how to play the game are included. Also add any notes and credits including useful information for the judges for example how the game was coded and how the game fits with the competition marketing criteria, which can be found above. Remember you can add sound files to the game. Please do not include images of team members, but remember the game needs to show the Team name.

    To submit the game use this form.

  • What support is available to us if we get stuck?

    If you haven’t already, fill in this form (Young Coders register your interest) to register. If it is a specific problem with Scratch, maybe a tricky bit of coding or something you just can’t work out how to do, we have some STEM Ambassador Scratch wizards on hand to help you. Just email Rebecca.cartwight@leics-ebc.org.uk with your problem. For general support with running your club You could also ask for help from a STEM ambassador. For more details look at their website: www.stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors

  • Is this support also available to our adult supervisor?

    Of course, all the planning that you need to get you started is available here: Teacher introduction letter

  • OK, we’re comfortable with what is required from our team, but what do we get if we win?

    Great question. Besides the pride that will no doubt be associated with being crowned the best young coders in the country, the winning top three teams will receive personalised certificates stating their achievement and everyone who took part will receive a certificate of participation.

    Also, the winning schools will receive Prize Money!

    • First Prize: £200
    • Second Prize: £100
    • Third Prize: £50
  • What if I do not live in the UK?

    Prize money is only to be awarded within the UK but we are happy to receive entries from overseas. There will be a certificate awarded for the’ Best International Entry’.

  • We’re really keen to enter! Are there any other key dates we should be aware of?

    The competition opens for entries on 13th January 2022 and closes on Friday 27th May 2022.

    Once the submission deadline date passes on Friday 27th May 2022, our judging panel will judge all submitted and eligible entries.

    Winners will be notified by Wednesday 6th July 2022.

  • What is CREST Accreditation?

    Young Coders Competition has been assessed as meeting required standards of British Science Association CREST Awards - Discovery level at KS2 and Bronze at KS3

    British Science Association CREST Awards scheme only is the nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work

    This is a great opportunity to gain nationally recognised certificate of achievement which can encourage students to progress in CREST further education.

    Discovery Level costs £3.00 per student and Bronze Level £5.00 per student.
    Funding may be available for underrepresented audiences (30% pupil premium/FSM, high level ethic minorities/rural area) – Deadline 31st Jan 22 for applications. Further details can be found on https://help.crestawards.org/portal/en/kb/articles/crest-for-underrepresented-audiences-funding

  • How do I apply for the Discovery Crest Award for my students?

    The Discovery level CREST Award is typically for students who have completed approximately 5 hours of open-ended project work. A basic version of the Young Coders game is a perfect example. Students can each earn a CREST award, even if they have worked within a group. However, all students must have a role in the project, putting communication, teamwork and project management skills into action!

    To earn the Discovery CREST Award, each student fills out a CREST Discovery passport and reflects on the work they have done.

    Download the passport here

    Once the Discovery passport has been completed, teachers, you will then create an account on the CREST Awards website, if you don’t already have one, or log in to you CREST account, pay the entry fee and request personalised certificates. These will be posted to your school delivery address.

    Each Discovery Award is £3 per student.

    Are you applying from a maintained school in Kent, Sussex or Hampshire, or a school in Wales? You may be eligible for free CREST awards when entering young coders competition.

    Contact us to find out more about funded CREST Awards for eligible schools

  • How do I apply for the Bronze Crest Award for my students?

    The Bronze level CREST Award is typically for students who have completed at least 10 hours of open-ended project work. The Young Coders game is a perfect example. Students can each earn a CREST award, even if they have worked within a group. However, all students must have a role in the project, putting communication, teamwork and project management skills into action!

    To earn the Bronze CREST Award, each student fills out a Bronze Award Workbook and reflects on the work they have done.

    Download the Bronze Award Workbook here

    Once the workbook has been completed, teachers, you will then create an account on the CREST Awards website, if you don’t already have one, or log in to you CREST account, pay the entry fee and request personalised certificates. These will be posted to your school delivery address.

    Each Bronze Award is £5 per student.

    Are you applying from a maintained school in Kent, Sussex or Hampshire or Wales? You may be eligible for free CREST awards when entering young coders competition.

    Contact us to find out more about funded CREST Awards eligible schools

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  • What does the term “reactive game” mean?

    A reactive game is a game in which the player can interact with the game (some examples: clicking on something within the game or using the keyboard keys to move), and the game’s programming will react to the interaction. We want games where the player must move a sprite around to react to something happening on the screen.

    Last year we had many games which were just quizzes. (A sprite would ask a question, and the player would choose an answer from A, B, or C and score a point for the correct answer) We want to get away from that this year. However, it is okay if there is an element of this in the game, but it shouldn’t be the whole game.