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CODE4FUN students’ success in Australian STEM Video Game Coding Challenge 2021

 

Huge congratulations go to three CODE4FUN’s students Nico, Luca, and Everest for their outstanding achievement in Australian STEM Video Game Challenge 2021. Two projects, created by these talented game developers, reached Semi-Finals, which is very exciting.

We all are super proud of these young programmers and cannot help but share their success with the CODE4FUN community. Well done to Nico, Luca, and Everest! Your passion and commitment to coding and your achievement, is very inspiring.

Nico and Luca have been studying coding with CODE4FUN for over four years, starting from block-based Scratch all the way to Pro Level, learning text-based Java and Python languages now. Everest joined CODE4FUN a bit later but has been progressing fast currently attending Pro level of Java course.

Please check out their games below:

Everest’s game:

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/524038840/fullscreen/

Luca & Nico’s game:

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/556696765/fullscreen/

We also wanted to share both teams’ thoughts on what they have learned while participating in this challenge:

Everest:

 “The hardest part of my game was creating the game’s achievements. I started by thinking about what achievements to create and came up with the idea that I need to colour code them to make the game more appealing and engaging. So, I created several colour categories: white is for regular achievements, gold is for milestone achievements, while red is for negative achievements (such as getting eliminated 15 times). I also did a lot of research on the internet of what makes games fun and found out that boosters or power-ups were one factor that made games engaging. I am very thankful to my mentor Andrew Diggins for his support and professional advice during my challenge’s journey.”

Nico and Luca:

“As outlined in the competition guidelines our game is narrative-based and is rated E for everyone and as a result is absent from violence, coarse language, and other mature themes. Our video game took 4 months to complete and required us to work on it every day. When developing our video game, we found it difficult to create an entertaining game which satisfied the theme of scale whilst trying to execute our creative ideas in a workable and enjoyable way. To overcome this, we had to work as a team, accepting each other’s criticism and being open to each other’s ideas. Most importantly if it were not for Grigory Punanov, who was an amazing mentor we could never have successfully completed the brief within the time limit. The skills we have learned from Gregory and coding we are sure will carry us well into the future.”

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CODE4FUN Teacher Won the Global Game Jam Sydney 2019

Huge congratulations to Daniel Welsh, CODE4FUN lead coding teacher, for winning the first place at Viva League Global Game Jam Sydney 2019, the professional game development competition.

The Sydney Game Jam was packed into an intense 30 hours where participants, who are generally made up of programmers, game designers, and artists, competed solo and in teams to create computer games within the time limit, and based on a chosen theme.

There were over 60 participants, who were eager to create and show their games to the Game Jam jury.

Daniel Welsh and his colleague Naomi Justin created a Wild West Cartoon game called “Billy The Kid” where the user plays for a goat character who is on a mission to investigate ‘goat milk affair’.

You can play this game via this link:

Pease click here to play: play the game

Well done Daniel and good luck in January with the International Game Jam, where thousands of game developers from all over the world will compete for the top prize.

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Meet Rafael, the CODE4FUN student who released his own Android App

Please meet CODE4FUN student Rafael Deubler, who recently released his own Android App.

Rafael started learning coding with CODE4FUN from our Scratch Beginners course two years ago, and currently being our Pro Unity3D student he developed an Android App by himself using Unity3D, a professional game engine.  What an incredible achievement, very well done, Raf!

Please check Raf’s App on Google Play: it is a very exciting ricochet type of game with incredible physics and animation.

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CODE4FUN Winter Coding Challenge: Winners & Projects

CODE4FUN Winter Coding Challenge: Winners & Projects
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CODE4FUN Winter Coding Challenge results are here: our Winners and their Projects

We are very proud to be announcing the winners of our second Winter Coding Challenge. This semester we saw 238 of our 1000 students step up to the task, and competition was certainly fierce.

The theme was out of this world – literally! Utilising the skills they learned in our classes, students created games and stories based on the theme ‘Life in Space’.

We are pleased to see an increase of 120 participants from last year’s Christmas Coding Challenge, which received entries from 118 of our students.

Submissions are judged on execution, but also on creativity. Digital literacy skills are crucial for kids growing up in a world that is being reshaped by technology. At CODE4FUN, we also prioritise developing creativity and presentation skills. These skills are valuable in any context; whether it be school, future careers, or simply helping kids to build confidence and learn to capture their imagination.

By engaging in our challenges students continue to build and showcase these skills, and teaching staff are able to monitor their progress. The increasing quality of work that we are seeing submitted is a testament to the effectiveness of such challenges in both motivating kids, and helping our teaching staff to track their individual process.

They also have a great time doing it, as is reflected in the booming popularity! If your child has missed out or can’t wait to get stuck into it again – don’t fret! We will be holding another coding challenge in second semester, and invite all the students to take part in the fun.

In the meantime, we encourage you to take a look at the excellent work produced by our students this semester: https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/3656108/projects/

We wanted to highlight the five projects that got the main awards:

1. The first place Excellence in Programming Award. Coders Of The Year

Cooper Heriot

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/161215564/

2. The second place Excellence in Programming Award

Mateo Smith

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/150919081/

3. The third place Excellence in Programming Award

Finn Howard

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/152699064/

4. The fourth place Excellence in Programming Award

Conrad Borg

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/134250657/

5. The fifth place Excellence in Programming Award

Hans Heuer

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/153181417/

 

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