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:
Please organize all files into a single zip file. The file should be named “Alice_(Center Name)” or “Greenfoot Yr 1( or Yr 2)_(Center Name)” For example: “Greenfoot Yr 2_CSULA”
IMPORTANT: please include in the zipfile a Word document that has the following information: Student name(s), school name, name of MESA Center, and the project name.
Upload your files using this link.
If there are any problems with submission, or you are unable to provide a zip file, you may email the files to our office at email@example.com. Be sure to include in the subject line “Alice” or “Greenfoot Yr 1/Yr2” and provide student name(s), school name and MESA center in the body of the email.