August 21, 2019

Computing Champions Coding Competition

This year, we have teamed up with Aylesbury Library to launch the Computing Champions Coding Competition! The competition, which is open to Year 4 and Year 5 pupils based in schools around Aylesbury, allows children to produce a program using the popular block based programming environment, Scratch, to develop and showcase their programming skills. The theme for this year’s competition is “environmental issues” and links closely to the KS2 Science and Geography National Curriculum subjects.

Final “code off”

All pupils involved in the competition will receive a certificate of participation, with individuals / pairs judged to have produced the top three programs from each school also receiving a gold, silver or bronze certificate.

The winning entries from each school will then be judged and top six individuals / pairs invited to a final “code off” at Aylesbury Library during the afternoon of Tuesday 4th February 2020 where they will have the chance to win a Raspberry Pi, a micro:bit and many other tech related goodies!

Key dates

Monday 2nd September 2019 – Competition begins

Friday 13th December 2019 – 17:00 GMT – Closing date for schools to register

Wednesday 18th December 2019 – 17:00 GMT – Closing date for entries to be submitted

Friday 10th January 2020 (or earlier) – Schools informed of winning entries

Tuesday 4th February 2020 (afternoon) – Final “code off” at Aylesbury Library

Classroom resources

Poster (for advertising competition at school) Editable version

Presentation (for teacher use in lessons) Editable version

Design sheet (for children producing an animation) Editable version

Participation certificate (for children) Editable version

Ready to enter?

Email the following information to comp@computingchampions.co.uk and we’ll get back to you with confirmation of your registration:

  • Teacher name
  • Teacher email address
  • School name
  • Contact number (if possible, the teacher’s direct / mobile number, in addition to the general school phone number)
  • Age group of children involved (Y4 and / or Y5)
  • Approximate number of expected entries
  • The following statement – “I agree to be bound by the competition’s terms and conditions, as stated at https://computingchampions.co.uk/comp/ and understand if children from my school reach the final, travel to and from Aylesbury Library, included any associated costs, will be arranged by our school.”

Further information

  • The competition is open to school children in Y4 and Y5 from schools within a 10 mile radius (approx.) of Aylesbury Library.
  • Programs can be developed by children individually or in pairs.
  • It is expected children will spend around 2-3 hours working on their competition entry.
  • Programs should be sent by teachers to comp@computingchampions.co.uk as attachments. Alternatively, programs can be uploaded to the Scratch website – scratch.mit.edu and the URL (web address) of the studio / each program sent by email. Please do not include full pupil names when sending programs.
  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The winning individuals / pairs from the top six schools entering the competition will be invited to the final at Aylesbury Library during the afternoon of Tuesday 4th February 2020. They should be accompanied by at least one member of school staff for the duration of the event. Travel to and from Aylesbury Library, included any associated costs, should be arranged by the participating schools.
  • The winning individual / pair at the final will receive a Raspberry Pi 3B+ computer each. The second placed individual / pair will receive a micro:bit each.

Terms and conditions

  • The promoter of this competition is Neil Rickus, whose address is available on request.
  • The competition is open to children in Y4 and Y5 attending schools within a 10 mile radius (approx.) of Aylesbury Library, Walton Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1UU
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase is necessary to enter this competition.
  • Details of how to enter can be found at https://computingchampions.co.uk/comp/
  • Only one entry per individual / pair will be accepted. Multiple entries from more than one individual / pair will be disqualified.
  • The closing date for entries is Friday 12th December 2019 – 16:00 GMT. After this date, no further entries will be permitted.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  • The competition can be entered by a teacher sending an email on behalf of their school containing the required information to comp@computingchampions.co.uk by Friday 28th November 2019 – 16:00 GMT.
  • The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  • The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  • The prize is as follows: The winning individual / pair at the final will receive a Raspberry Pi 3B+ computer each. The second placed individual / pair at the final will receive a micro:bit each.
  • The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  • Winners will be chosen by the promoter, along with a panel of judges appointed by the promoter.
  • Teachers from the schools with individuals / pairs invited to the final will be notified by email by Friday 10th January 2020. If the teacher cannot be contacted or does not confirm their place at the final within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  • The final will be held at Aylesbury Library during the afternoon of Tuesday 4th February 2020. Individuals / pupils should be accompanied by at least one member of school staff for the duration of the event. Travel to and from Aylesbury Library, included any associated costs, should be arranged by the participating schools.
  • Individuals / pairs winning prizes at the final will be notified at the event. Prizes will be given to the teacher of the individual / pairs at the event, which should be passed on to the appropriate parent or guardian. No responsibility can be accepted for the prizes after the event and they are used at the individual / pairs’ own risk.
  • The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • By entering this competition, the teacher is indicating his / her agreement, along with their school’s agreement, to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  • Neil Rickus shall have the right, at his sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage. Neil Rickus also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of his control.

Please note – Aylesbury Library are not involved with promoting the competition and should not be contacted regarding the event.