A ‘Scratch Your Nose’ interactive coding event for students, schools and coding clubs is being held on Friday 13th March to raise money for Comic Relief. Being held at the Innovation Birmingham Campus, over 250 schools are signed up to be involved, either in person, or linked via a livestreamed video.
The students and schools will be getting involved by creating red nose inspired games, using the free ‘Scratch’ programming tool, developed by leading digital games publisher Gazoob. The 60 students that will be attending the main event at the Innovation Birmingham Campus will be guided and inspired by a variety of industry experts, before showcasing to local businesses. The session will be broadcasted online to enable schools across the UK to participate live.
Many of the schools across the UK will also be running their own events, with a number of them already preparing games in anticipation of Red Nose Day.
Ray Maguire, CEO of Gazoob says: “We are delighted with how the ‘Scratch Your Nose’ event is capturing the imagination of teachers and students across the UK. Not only will the day be fun and raise funds for Comic Relief, but for many students it may be their first experience of coding, which can deliver a multitude of learning benefits encouraging creativity, problem-solving skills and team work. Ultimately, it might inspire students to consider a career in the games industry.”
The schools attending the main event in Birmingham include St. Peters Collegiate School in Wolverhampton, Hurst Hill Primary School in Dudley and Hadley Learning Community in Telford.
Students from Birmingham City University’s specialist digital gaming course will be on hand at the Innovation Birmingham Campus main event to assist the school children.
Schools and students can find Scratch resources and video tutorials on the dedicated scratchyournose.com website.
Students can continue to develop their games after the Scratch Your Nose event and enter into BAFTA’s Young Game Designers competition. See ygd.bafta.org for details on how to enter and further game making hints and tips.
The Scratch Your Nose event is held every other year to coincide with the Red Nose Day event programme. In 2013, the event raised over £500. Scratch Your Nose is in support of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).