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.