Year 9 Class 1: Competition results

Students on the newly online Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme have been hard at work on some fantastic competition entries for our first online class on the theme “How to design a successful video game.” In the first class we focused on Computer Science; students heard from a build engineer who helps to make video games, and participated in a number of competitions – including learning to programme and making their very own simple video game! You can see some of the outstanding work produced by our students below.

Congratulations to the winners of the Class 1 competitions:

  • Aariz J.
  • Kyle B.
  • Avar L.
  • Nathan B.

Each of you have won a £20 Amazon voucher. This will be sent to the email address you provided in your competition cover sheet; please get in touch with us at inspire@sjc.ox.ac.uk if you haven’t received yours by the end of the week.

Competition 1: Learn to Programme

Turtle Academy is a simple-to-use website providing free lessons in basic computer programming. Using the LOGO language you can create amazing shapes and patterns in next to no time – give it a try and see what you can come up with!

Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme, Competition 1 winning entry (Aariz J)
Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme, Competition 1 (Aariz J)

Competition 2: Make your own video game

Using the website https://flowlab.io we want you to create your very own video game! It’s simple to use and doesn’t require any coding: simply drag and drop the game pieces into position and build your own virtual world. Click on the screenshots below to play the winning games!

Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme, Competition 2 winning entry (Kyle B)
Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme, Competition 2 (Kyle B)
Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme, Competition 2 winning entry (Aariz J)
Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme, Competition 2 (Avar L)

Competition 3: Your favourite game

Each class will have a photo, art or short video competition with a prompt based on the topic we are studying in that class. For Class 1, we want you to feature your favourite game—whether this is a video game, card game, board game or something else! Entries can be photographs or short (<10 seconds) videos.

Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme, Competition 3 winning entry(Nathan B)
Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme, Competition 3 (Nathan B)

Remember: the deadline for Class 2’s competitions is 5pm next Wednesday, 20 May. We’re looking forward to seeing some more fantastic work – and there are some more Amazon vouchers on offer for the winning entries!

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