There is a national competition for school students in Australia and America to make a video game. In previous years the game has been about promoting a STEM-related concept (science, tech, engineering or maths) but last year for the one in Australia, the game could be about anything The aim is to encourage more participation in STEM-related activities
Quick bits of info:
(I recommend checking the sites first, these details may change)
Team size: by yourself or up to 4 people in a team
Age range: Two categories, (teams must have all participants in the same age group, but you don't have to be in the same school I believe)
Middle school (America) / Years 5-8 (Australia)
High school (America) / Years 9-12 (Australia)
When: judging is usually in August, so you can expect August 2017 (but they mention themselves it's never too early to start!)
What can I/we make our game with? (the exciting bit)
From American site (but I am fairly sure it applies to the Australian one too):
In general, any game that will play on a Windows or Macintosh computer, in a web browser or on an iOS or Android device is acceptable.
So any game that the judges can play for free will work.
Hopscotch has a web player so it makes this super easy now. So you should be able to enter Hopscotch projects!
We should check with them again but I don't see why it won't be possible, according to that.
But what if I'm not in Australia or America?
No, don't feel left out! There's nothing stopping you creating an awesome video game about STEM too!
Now extra side note, I guess; I've been really interested in entering this for a few years now but haven't ;( Mainly because I don't think I could do much on my own (because in programming, one is the loneliest number). And because people always make even more awesome things together!
Well, to clarify, I've been trying to tell people about it (e.g. around school) but haven't been totally successful in basically finding someone who'd be excited about coding with me yet . (I fall into the older of the two age categories, for the Australian competition.)
Then I wondered why I hadn't told all the lovely Hopscotchers about it yet
Main thing is it would be awesome to let Hopscotchers know about it too, so here you go I would love to hear if this sounds like something you're interested in.
Also if you think maybe this shouldn't be on the Hopscotch forum please let me know too. I figured now that Hopscotch has the new web player, it makes entering a lot simpler too. And Hopscotch is made for encouraging more kids to find out more about tech as well which is also awesome
Let me know what you think