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All-Girls Coding Competitions

Game Design Competition

National Game Development Competition for Girls in grades 3-12.

Deadline: Friday, Feb. 9, 2024

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For the Game Lovers

For this brand new competition, Code/Artists are to unleash their creativity to develop their own original game on a browser based platform. Whether it’s a puzzle game that requires logical thinking or an interactive storytelling experience with branching narratives, the choice is yours!

Deadline: February 9, 2024 @ 11:59 PM

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Let’s Get Started!

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Eligibility

Participants must be female-identifying or gender non-binary students in 3rd-12th grade who reside in the United States or the District of Columbia.

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Objective

Students must design and develop their own original game with a clear objective on a browser based platform (e.g. Scratch, Game Lab, p5.js, MakeCode Arcade, etc.)

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Guidelines

  • Game must be developed by a computer program using browser based coding environments.
  • The game should allow the user to interact with the game, either through a keyboard or by clicking on the screen.
  • We allow gifs, jpgs, pngs, images from any software image library (e.g. Sprites and backdrops from Scratch’s sprite library), and other graphic files.
  • Games that do not work according to the game’s instructions (if any) will be disqualified. Scratch remixes of other games not created by the coder themself will be disqualified.
  • There is no limit to the number of submissions per contestant, but each contestant may only win one prize per competition category.
  • Each entry must provide parent/guardian or teacher consent and contact information (if under 18 years old).

What to Submit

  • All participants must first register at hub.code-art.com
  • After registering, the submission form can be accessed on the dashboard (only accessible when logged into your Code/Art Hub account).
  • A complete entry must include:
      • a working link to view the code & play the game
      • written instructions on how to play the game
      • write-up answering the questions: (1) What is the overall objective or goal of your game? (2) What was the inspiration behind your entry? (3) What was most challenging from a coding perspective in creating your project? (4) What did you find most rewarding?
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Winning

Entries will be scored by a panel of judges. Judges will score entries based on: Originality & Aesthetics, Game Play & User Experience, Code Complexity, Code Quality and Write-Up. See Rubric.

National winners will be awarded for each of the three grade divisions. All top 10 finalists per grade division will also receive Finalist recognition and a certificate and T-shirt at Code/Art Fest (or mailed if not local), but only the top 3 per grade division will receive prizes.

  • 1st-3rd place for elementary school
  • 1st-3rd place for middle school
  • 1st-3rd place for high school

Teacher Resources

  •  Teachers! Access our easy-to-teach lesson plans by registering to our Hub.
  • Use our Excel template for easy submission of multiple student projects
  • Submit 20+ student projects (made by female students) and receive a FREE t-shirt
  • The top elementary, middle school and high school teacher – those with the most student submissions – will each win a $100 cash prize and be recognized during the Code/Art Fest awards ceremony.

    Important Dates

    • Submission Deadline – Feb. 9, 2024 @ 11:59pm
    • Judging Period – Feb. 12 – Mar. 8, 2024
    • Winners Announced at Code/Art Fest – Mar. 16, 2024

    Celebrate Winners at Code/Art Fest

    Each spring, Code/Art hosts an Awards Ceremony & Tech Conference known as Code/Art Fest where all competition winners and finalists are recognized and awarded their prizes.

    In addition to the awards ceremony, Fest attendees can enjoy workshops, keynotes and an interactive STEAM expo where their projects are displayed. Prizes for the winners are awarded both to reward effort and to encourage further exploration of coding.

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    Competition Prizes for National Winners

    Finalist

    2nd
    • (1) Second place winner per grade division
    • $100 Cash Prize
    • Exclusive Superblue Tour (South Florida locals)
    • Code/Art Fest T-shirt
    • Certificate

    Finalist

    3rd
    • (1) Third place winner per grade division
    • $50 Cash Prize
    • Exclusive Superblue Tour (South Florida locals)
    • Code/Art Fest T-shirt
    • Certificate

    Congratulations to all

    Winners & Finalists!