On Thursday 21st June 2018, six Key Stage 2 children got the exciting opportunity to visit UEA and compete against other Norfolk Primary Schools in a Scratch Off competition. Following on from our success last year with Jack’s game seeing him into the finals, there was much anticipation for this year’s hopefuls. A brilliant day was had by all with the morning spent in one of the university’s computing suites. The children were split into 6 coloured groups each consisting of approximately 6 pairs and each group was assigned a pair of judges. There were two tasks being judged: one was the seen task they had worked on individually before the competition (a game, which consisted of 3 challenges) and an unseen task on the day, which they worked on with their partner. The unseen task this year was to create a fun app to help people learn to tell the time on an analogue clock. The amount of imagination and creativity shown by the children was outstanding.
Next we had a quick lunch of pizza, perhaps the highlight of some children’s day! Then it was off to a lecture theatre to hear each group’s feedback and to find out who had made it through to the finals. There was positive feedback received by all the children, but everyone was very excited by Joshua getting through to the final in his group. For the final, Joshua had to stand at the front of the lecture theatre with his game on the big screen and demonstrate what he had created. This is a nerve- racking experience for an adult, but Joshua was very brave and did a fantastic job. Following all of the finalists demonstrations, we all had a nervous wait to find out the winners…Joshua came 2nd! Well done Joshua and to all of the children who took part. It was a fantastic day and the children are already looking forward to Scratch Off 2019.