If you’re 7-19 there’s a Computer Animation Competition for you – #Animation16

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Animation16 – the 9th Annual UK Schools Computer Animation Competition run by the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester, is open for registration and entries!

If you’re 7-19 there’s a Computer Animation Competition for you – #Animation16

Funded by Electronic Arts, Autodesk, and Microsoft, in association with Computing At School and cs4fn, the competition is open to all UK school students aged 7-19, and the deadline for entry is on Friday 18th March:

Teacher registration is FREE and carries no obligation to submit any entries. All registered teachers will receive FREE colour A2-sized Animation16 posters for their school. To get your free posters — while stocks last! — register at the website or log in using your existing credentials: http://animation.cs.manchester.ac.uk

Entrants can create their animations (time limit: 1 minute) using any of the following programs: Scratch, Adobe Flash, Alice, Blender, Maya, 3DS Max, Muvizu, Synfig Studio, Serif Draw Plus, KoolMoves, or SWiSH Max4

There are great prizes for the winners, and trophies for schools. Winners will be announced in May 2016 and the Awards Ceremony will be at the National Media Museum in Bradford on 12 July 2016.

Last year’s Animation15 competition was bigger than ever, with over 820 entries from 127 schools across the UK, from 1,057 students. We awarded prizes to 42 students (working as individuals, or in groups, max size 4) from 26 schools. You can see all the winning entries on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnimationComp/

Key dates
* 18 March 2016: Deadline for submitting entries
* 12 July 2016: Awards Day at the National Media Museum

Key contacts
* Website:   http://animation.cs.manchester.ac.uk
* Enquiries: toby.howard@manchester.ac.uk
* Twitter: @AnimationComp #Animation16
* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnimationComp

[London only] Friday afternoon cs4fn freebie giveaway

After last week’s rather popular Ada Lovelace magazine giveaway I’ve found some other bits and pieces in my boss’s office where we have enough of them to make 10 ‘packs’. This week it’s just for Londoners as I’m also including a flyer for our free Christmas magic show which is taking place on Wednesday 2 December at 5pm. I’ll definitely do more stuff for non-Londoners next week, promise :)

What’s in the pack?

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  • a flyer for our Christmas magic show
  • A magic book
  • A pack of cards
  • A cs4fn magazine
  • A teleporting robot sheet
  • The robot dot illusion sheet
  • Biology loves Technology mini booklet
  • Hexahexaflexagons booklet and a sheet of hexahexaflexagons for you to cut out, fold, glue together and flex.

I couldn’t fit any more into the envelope! (I did a test run).

If you fancy receiving this early next week then fill in this London-centric form below and if you’re in the first ten (and your address is London) I’ll post you a pack. Non-London addresses (ie if you’re not within one of the 33 boroughs of London) will be deleted I’m afraid.

Computer animation competition for schools – Animation15 has launched!

We thought our readers might like to know about this event. It’s not a Teaching London Computing event but our sister project, cs4fn, is involved.

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Animation15 – the 8th Annual UK Schools Computer Animation Competition run by the School of Computer
Science at The University of Manchester, has launched!

It’s open now, for teacher registration, at http://animation.cs.manchester.ac.uk

The competition is open to all UK schoolchildren aged 7-19.

Teacher registration is FREE and carries no obligation to submit any
entries. All registered teachers will receive FREE colour A2-sized
Animation15 posters for their school, to be sent out in early-October.

To get your free posters — while stocks last! — register at the
website or log in using your existing credentials.

Entrants can create their animations (maximum duration: 1 minute)
using any of the following programs: Scratch, Adobe Flash, Alice,
Serif: Draw Plus, KoolMoves, SWiSH Max4, and Blender.

They can also use 3DS Max, and Maya — free from Autodesk to all
Schools: see http://www.autodesk.co.uk/campaigns/design-the-future-uk/curriculum

There are great prizes for the winners, and trophies for
schools. Winners will be announced in early-Summer 2015.

Last year’s Animation14 competition was bigger than ever, with over
1,330 entries from 183 schools across the UK, from 1,768 students.

We awarded prizes to 41 students (working as individuals, or in groups)
from 24 schools. You can see all the winning entries, and photos from
our Awards and Inspirational Computer Science Day at
http://animation14.cs.manchester.ac.uk.

Key date
* 20 March 2015: Deadline for submitting entries.

Key contacts
* Website: http://animation.cs.manchester.ac.uk
* Enquiries: animation@cs.man.ac.uk

Animation15 is funded by Electronic Arts, Autodesk, Microsoft, RM
Education, and in association with cs4fn.