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2018 MESA Statewide
Virtual Computer Science Contest



Interactive Game Design Using Alice & Greenfoot MESA Statewide Virtual Contest



What are Alice & Greenfoot?:
Alice and Greenfoot are educational programs used to teach Java and object-oriented programming. Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy and fun for students to learn fundamental constructs of object-oriented programming through the creation of animated movies and simple video games. Designed to be a teaching tool for introductory computing, it uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first-time programming experience. Greenfoot also has a drag-and-drop interface but allows the user to edit the underlying Java code and is an intermediate step in learning Java.


What will students do?:
Student teams will develop an educational and creative interactive game using Alice (middle school) or Greenfoot (high school). The game will have multiple levels, each addressing a different aspect of the team’s selected theme. See contest rules below for further details.


How many teams can compete?:
On the Statewide Virtual level, there is a maximum of 10 entries per center. Entries will be submitted virtually (although a center or region may have their own event). Judging will also be done virtually. Following is the timeline for this event:




December 7, 2017   Rules released
February 1, 2018   Submission email will be released
February 23, 2018   Submission deadline
March 9, 2018   Winners announced



Medals will be awarded for first, second, and third place teams overall and by region.


Submission of entry:
Submission email to be released February 1, 2018.

Please include on subject line: “Alice Virtual Contest” or “Greenfoot Virtual Contest – Year 1 (or Year 2)” as appropriate.  In the body of the email, be sure to include student name(s), school name, and name of MESA Center. 



Middle School:

2017-18 Alice Competition.pdf


High School

2017 – 18 Greenfoot Competition – Year 1.pdf
2017 – 18 Greenfoot Competition – Year 2.pdf