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Christmas Coding Competition and Cyber Advent Calender

Christmas Coding Competition and Cyber Advent Calender

Fancy an opportunity to win some great tech prizes worth around £100?  This year’s challenge: Code a Christmas themed project that includes or mentions Santa.  The judges will be looking for creative, eye catching entries that stand out.  There must be code used to make your ideas come to life.  This could be an animation, a story, a joke, a game, a card, a poster, an adventure game, a fact page….anything you like!  It is completely up to you.

Click here to enter the DressCode Christmas Competition:
https://www.dresscode.org.uk/competitions/christmast-coding-comp

Click here to take on the Cyber Advent Calendar:
https://www.dresscode.org.uk/competitions/cyberadventcalendar2022

Good luck!

National support for learning

National support for learning

Learners can sign up themselves and there are full details on our website. https://e-sgoil.com/study-support/

Check out the range of  study support available from over 50 live webinars we run weekly.  Click on the image for details.

 

 

Codecraft Minecraft Holiday Club

Codecraft Minecraft Holiday Club

NESCOL are offering summer sessions to take part in their computing club, Codecraft, for 9 – 14 year olds.  A great chance for young people to gain computing skills while also learning teamwork and making new friends.

Cameron Walker, the College’s Head of Sector for Computing and Engineering Technologies, said: “We created this club to inspire young people and encourage them to think about the opportunities available to them in the computing industry in the future.  These fun sessions are open to everyone, and it doesn’t matter if they’ve never tried coding or played Minecraft before.

To find out more and book your place go to: https://www.nescol.ac.uk/codecraft-a-summer-computing-club-for-9-14-year-olds/

 

Success at Minecraft Scottish Championships

Success at Minecraft Scottish Championships

Another almighty congratulations to The Sustainable Swagsters for grabbing second place in the Minecraft Scottish Championships at Abertay University last week after winning the Aberdeenshire competition last month.  It was an intense 2 hour design and build session for S4 pupils Finlay, Riley and Ruaraidh with the teams being judged on both their design matching their build plus their team work, communication and collaboration throughout the very busy morning.  There were IT issues for all teams and credit to them for coping really well and working together brilliantly and calmly even when being asked questions by the judges throughout the morning.  The afternoon allowed the team to be given a tour of the University with the new £18 million Cyber Quarter Research and Development Centre blowing their minds with it’s very impressive facilities.  The boys scooped loads of Minecraft goodies at the prize giving and deserve lots of credit for their performance throughout the competition.

The team are pictured receiving their prize from Professor Gregor White, Dean of Design & Informatics and Professor of Applied Creativity.

Aberdeenshire Minecraft Competition Success

Aberdeenshire Minecraft Competition Success

Massive congratulations to The Sustainable Swagsters in S3, Finlay, Riley and Ruaraidh, who won the Aberdeenshire secondary school Minecraft Sustainability build competition.  Feedback from the judges was that their entry had:

  • Impressive scale of build
  • All sustainable materials/blocks
  • Clear explanation and excellent use of time

We are delighted for the boys and winning the competition means they go on to a day at Abertay University in Dundee for a Minecraft showdown with Dundee and Edinburgh Schools on Thursday 23 June.

Good luck to The Sustainable Swagsters!

 

 

Minecraft Build Challenge

Minecraft Build Challenge

A Minecraft competition begins on Monday to build a “Sustainable by Design” Minecraft world.  Any pupil wishing to get involved should contact Mr Cahill or Mrs Czarnecki for details.  Entry is open to all year groups.  Pupils can build their entry in the faculty during class time, lunchtime or at home.  The competition begins on Monday 9 May and entries must be submitted via your teacher by Friday 20 May.  You could win some Minecraft swag!  Check out the guide below and good luck!

Build Challenge Guide

Mackie’s Chocolate Bar Challenge

Mackie’s Chocolate Bar Challenge

S3 pupils have just finished the Mackie’s Chocolate Bar Challenge where, in groups, they had to carry out research on Mackie’s of Scotland and their competitors. They came up with an idea for a chocolate bar and pupils had to identify their target market, design the packaging, set a selling price, and prepare marketing material for the product.  They then presented their product idea to the class; each class chose a winner and the winning presentations were sent to Mackie’s to select an overall winner.  This year’s winners were Sophia, Penny, Adele and Madeline whose idea was a Bucks Fizz and Gold Leaf chocolate bar and gift set (non-alcoholic).  Mackie’s sent us presentation boxes of chocolate bars for each of the winning group but said that all entries were all excellent and of a very high standard.

Mrs L Taylor
PT Business Education and Computing Science

Online Revision Support

Online Revision Support

Live weekly webinars are available across a range of subjects here.

The webinars are live or you can watch a recorded session to get help with your subjects.  Use the link above to check out the Easter Support Study revision programme from e-sgoil.  Less than 30 school days left before the exams start.

Coding Prize Winner

Coding Prize Winner

The Business Education and Computing Science Faculty were very excited to find out that Finlay in S3 had won a prize in the DressCode Halloween coding competition.  Finlay is pictured below with his prize.  The only criteria for the Scratch coding competition was that there had to be a haunted house.  Finlay said “My entry was a haunted  house and it included a monster which was bitten by a bat and turned into a vampire – I’m really delighted with my prize and really enjoyed coding my competition entry”.  Well done Finlay, we all hope you enjoy your prize which is a Divoom Pixoo Pixel Art digital photo frame.

 

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