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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:

 


Timeline: 

 

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

 

 

Prizes:
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. 

 

Rules:

Middle School:

2017-18 Alice Competition.pdf

 

High School

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