Kodu Pioneers!

 The UK EVENT:

The 2nd UK Kodu Kup brought together 12 teams, representing 10 schools from around the UK, to compete for the coveted title of ‘Kodu Kup Champions’. The competition proved again that the ‘Computing’ Curriculum is not just about coding, but develops, creativity, challenge and collaboration.

The quality of the games produced , the attention to detail of all the teams was incredible, these young people are a credit to themselves and their schools. UCC were crowned the best secondary school and the best overall winner. This gave them the prestigious place of representing the whole of the UK in Belgium at the European Kodu Kup.

In Belgium – KODU KUP EUROPE

The students who participated at the event were Joseph Banerjee, Jonathan Haley, Alfie Finch-Critchley and Matthew Mustard.

 Kodu Kup Europe has challenged pupils from eight countries across Europe to develop their own games using the Kodu Game Lab tools, a visual programming language for creating games, accessible for children as young as 6 year olds and enjoyable for anyone.

Building on successful national Kodu events, the Kodu Kup Europe is now bringing teachers and pupils from Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, and UK together for an exciting new challenge in the heart of Europe; Pupils had to pitch their games in front of an esteemed jury and audience! You want to know more about the teams? Meet them here!

During the event the students were introduced to a multitude of coding activities. They had to build lego robots and code them to carry out a number of activities. They had the opportunity to look into 3D printing and some of the STEM tools available. On top of this they were given coaching sessions for presentations. While in Belgium the students were interviewed by various organisations. Alfie even had the opportunity to sit on an interview panel with the European Commissioner.

On the final day, the students had to present to a panel of judges. This included Facebook developers, Bafta award judges and journalists. They all had 10 minutes to pitch their game to the Judges. There was strong competition from everyone. Our team presented and the twitter feed was updating quickly. Many people were impressed by their performance, particularly because they had written a song for their game and they had performed it on the guitar.

The results were given an there was an award for the best coders under the age of twelve. This went to Portugal. They had coders from the age of 6 and 7, they did a great job. Then there were two awards. We were shocked, we had achieved 2nd place! We were over the moon and so proud of our students. The Judges said that we had a clear pitch, a great presentation and they were impressed with the market research which went into the game. The overall winners of the event were Greece. They had a strong game and a strong pitch and were worthy winners.

We’re very proud of our students and they were great ambassadors for the school.