Now, the BETT Award Winning

Kodu Kup

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Thank you all for your support in making Kodu the winner in the Free Digital Content / Open Educational Resources Category

Exactly a year ago when we launched at BETT, the inaugural Kodu Kup, we never thought it would be the runaway success it was. 70000 students and 2000 teachers took part. We are finding Kodu now to be an integral part of many school’s computing curriculum and if you are still thinking about what to do when the new computing curriculum starts in schools in England in September. Then participating in the Kodu Kup is the perfect way to start and if you entered last year, then enter again, as we have made some changes that we think you will like.

Let’s just remind ourselves of how good the Kodu Kup is.

Last year’s brilliant Kodu Kup Final

About the Competition

The Kodu Kup is open to anyone from a UK school aged between seven and fourteen. (including those taught at home or in hospital schools etc) (they have to be this age when they make the game or at the time of the final)

Students must be entered as a team of three, forming a mini “game studio”.

The closing date for all entries is Friday 30th May

***** NEW!***** This year you can now submit a game created using Project Spark

Project Spark is a soon-to-be-released open-world digital canvas that enables anyone to build, play and share whatever they can imagine. We have included this in our competition to enable children to stretch their skills a little bit further. It will only be available for Windows 8 .1 and Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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Download Project Spark at https://joinprojectspark.com/

The first 20 UK educators that can show that they have joined the Partners in Learning Network (i.e. screenshot) and send me a tweet @innovativeteach with the hash tag #kodukupUK. I will send a beta key , giving you access to this great new software. Project Spark will only run on a Windows 8/8.1 devices

About the Games

There is no specific theme or audience for the game but it must have a clear storyline, and well thought out characters with a detailed playing environment.

Schools may wish to link this to current literacy projects already taking place.

Prizes

There will be three winning teams in each of the following categories:

 Primary – Secondary -   Project Spark -  Judges Choice

The three teams in each category will receive an invitation to present their games to a panel of judges from the games industry at Microsoft Headquarters in Reading at the final in July, to decide the category winners.

At the end of the day the winners of each category will each receive a Surface RT tablet We have updated our Prizes, now every School attending the final in Reading will receive an Xbox 360 and every student in the winning category team will also receive an Xbox 360 . with the overall winning team will take home the coveted Kodu Kup as well!

What Should be Submitted?

Teachers must enter their students’ work using the Microsoft Partners in Learning website and complete our Kodu Kup  Survey. Two files will need to be submitted per team; these include the game itself along with the completed documentation created using the poster template provided.

For more details ….

Follow @KoduKup on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/KoduKup) to receive regular updates, including dates of free training sessions!

You can download Kodu Game Lab www.kodugamelab.com and other useful resources from the Microsoft Partners in Learning website www.pil-network.com.

Kodu is also available for Surface RT devices in the Windows store

Project Spark – Windows 8/8.1 only can be downloaded from www.projectspark.com

I am pleased to announce….

Kodu Kup is now open!