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May 23, 2014 9:34 am

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Shaun the Sheep enthuses kids about programming

shaun the sheepAardman, the creators behind Wallace and Gromit, have teamed up with Nominet Trust to launch Shaun’s Game Academy. The academy is based on one of Aardman’s best loved characters, Shaun the Sheep, and its new competition will encourage children to build online games. The lucky winner will get to spend a day at Aardman Animation HQ and their winning entry will be developed further by Aardman’s game team.

Using Scratch, entrants will be provided with a suite of characters, backgrounds and effects from the Shaun the Sheep series to enable them to get creative and program simple, fun and exciting games. The competition will be launched in September to coincide with the new computing curriculum; teachers will be able to access resources to introduce coding into the classroom and encourage participation in the competition.

Kids can sign up on the Shaun’s Game Academy website. Here at Turn IT On we would love to see our schools getting involved with this competition so please let us know if you plan to enter your class and if you would like to share their efforts with us. Likewise, let us know if you would like our curriculum team to deliver Scratch training in your school.

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