2011 National Scratch Competition Winners!

The Winter 2010/2011 class entered our class project "SpaceWar2011" into the 2011 Scratch competition run by the Irish software engineering research centre Lero and supported by the Irish Computer Society. To our delight, we won the Junior division. You can see all the winning entries here. The competition was part of Scratch day at IT Tallaght. Besides the competetition there were demos and Scratch enthusiasts present. We had fun and made friends.

 

We got written up in the Clare Champion. Click to read article:

 

Thanks to the Gort Family Resource and Community Center for giving us a place to program.

 

Reflections on the Competition

We found out about the competition a bit late but we had just enough time to polish up and enter our class project "SpaceWar2011". Afterwards, it took me a while to figure out how we won but I finally nailed it: my background. The rigour involved in the implementation of the game was normal for the software industry. I had taught this to the kids. I had given them a small taste of what it is like to develop a piece of software from the idea to the finished product. Not only did they learn programming skills, but they collaborated, fixed bugs, delivered and presented a project on time!

 

We won again in 2012! Check it out here.