Digital collage competition: and the winner is….

Last month we set a challenge for our active UK Code Clubs.

The task? Create a digital collage of your favourite things using Scratch or HTML. Those who chose Scratch used our Tech Toys project as a starting point, while those who chose HTML kicked off with Stickers.

The prize?  The two winners will be honoured with a set of unique Code Club stickers inspired by their entry! Plus, a box of goodies including lanyards and T-shirts.

The result? Over 150 clubs sent us creative collages that warmed our judges’ hearts and showcased the impressive abilities of young coders from across the UK.

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The winners

After much deliberation our judges have chosen two winners — one for Scratch and one for HTML.

Haseeb, 8, Hounslow Library

For the HTML entry, our winner is Haseeb from Hounslow Library! The judges were very impressed with Haseeb’s technical skills, including this use of animated bubbles and an embedded YouTube video in his collage. Plus they loved the choice of colours, and they felt like we really got to know Haseeb’s favourite hobbies.

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Sam, 9, Fellside Community Primary School

As for Scratch, the winner is Sam from Fellside Community Primary School in Newcastle! Sam’s project fit the brief perfectly, and the idea of a beach filled with his favourite things made the judges smile. Plus Sam recorded his own audio introduction — great stuff!

Highly commended

Of course it’s impossible to choose just one favourite, so we would like to give a special shout out to the following projects:

Wormit Primary

We loved the approach the children from Wormit Primary in Scotland took in their HTML project, showcasing their favourite things about being at their school.

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Redbridge Central Library

The judges really enjoyed the interactive aspect of the HTML entry from Redbridge Central Library Code Club in London — being able to draw on your own sticker is a great touch. Well done Ashwin, Labdhi, Ibrahim, Krisha, Sshubhan, Vuyo and Deepika!

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Martha, 11, Markland Hill Primary School

We loved this project form Martha from Markland Hill Primary School in Bolton. The collage simply looked fabulous. What a bright and energetic display of her favourite things!

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Joel, Dexter, and Ryan; Meriden CE Primary School

Finally, we just had to give a special mention to this amazing Code Club theme tune from Joel, Dexter, and Ryan at Meriden CE Primary in Coventry. We’re so glad that Code Club is one of their favourite things!

 

A collection of Code Club swag including stickers, badges, and pens will soon be on it’s way to all the highly commended clubs.

Next time…

Plans for the next competition for active clubs are already brewing here at Code Club HQ! Make sure your club is activated so that you don’t miss out on any important emails.

And keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter — you may notice something very soon!

Code Club festive competition: we have a winner!

In October, we launched our first-ever competition exclusively for active Code Clubs. In keeping with the season, the challenge was to code a festive message using one of two Code Club projects as a starting point.

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Incredible entries

We were super excited when the submissions started rolling in, and all in all we received more than 500 from clubs all across the UK.

After the competition closed, the Code Club judges had a wonderful time looking at all your entries, which were creative, funny, and well thought-out.

The winners

It was tough choosing a winner from among all the fantastic festive messages we received, but after much deliberation, we are pleased to announce that the winner is Jake, aged 9, from Henry Cavendish Primary School!

Congratulations to Jake and the whole Henry Cavendish Primary School Code Club! The judges loved the use of sprites, animation, and colour in Jake’s entry. Jake says:

I’m very happy to have won — Code Club is my favourite part of the week.

Club leader Phil Brayshaw adds:

We’d like to say how proud we are of how far Jake and the other kids have progressed in just a few months. They’re so creative and resourceful, and always helpful to each other.

The whole club will receive prizes, and we will send out the winning entry as the official Code Club end-of-year festive message.

Highly Commended

It really was too hard to choose just one entry, so we’d like to recognise three other entries with a mention in the Highly Commended category:

 

 

  • Charlotte, aged 8, from Weetwood Primary School Code Club, whose piano-playing penguin got us in a festive mood

 

Coming soon

If your club members weren’t able to take part this time, don’t worry: we’ll have more competitions, available exclusively for active clubs, coming up soon! If you need help with getting your club activated so you can take part next time, drop us a line at support@codeclub.org.uk.

New benefits for activated clubs

We’re excited to announce that we are launching three new benefits for Code Clubs that register and activate on our site!

Welcome packs

In July, we sent end-of-term packs to clubs across the country. We didn’t want new clubs to miss out, so now each new club that activates on our site will receive an email offering them a welcome pack including top tips, stickers, and posters for the club space.

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Code Club welcome pack

 

Competitions

Starting this autumn, we’ll be running regular competitions which activated clubs can enter. We’ll send out an email with details soon, so if your club is activated on our website, be sure to check your inbox for news and a chance to win great stuff for your club. You’ve got to be in it to win it!

News and updates

Activated clubs can expect to see us popping up in their inbox regularly, as we’ll be sending roundups of new projects, resources, and blog posts — and of course details about competitions.

How to get active

These benefits will be exclusively for those clubs who are registered and active on our website.

Activating your club is as easy as one, two, three:

  • The venue host registers the club.
  • The venue host adds a volunteer using their Club Hub.
  • The club is activated!

If you would like some help to get your club activated, drop us a line at support@codeclub.org.uk. And if you’re new to Code Club and you’d like to get involved, find out how to start a club.