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.


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

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

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

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

Key contacts
* Website:
* Enquiries:

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




Paul Curzon gave a keynote at the Keycit2014 conference in Potsdam today

Prof Paul Curzon of Teaching London Computing, cs4fn (Computer Science for Fun) and chi+med* gave the keynote talk at the IFIP KEYCIT (Key Competences in Informatics and ICT) conference earlier today in Potsdam, Germany.

His talk / workshop “Unplugged computational thinking for fun” covered some of the ideas we encourage teachers to use when introducing computational thinking into the classroom. Paul included the Locked In activity, Invisible Palming (magic, with a computer-human interaction angle) and the Create-a-face activity – all of which are free to download, easy to use and highlight that computational thinking isn’t just about computers but about people too.

They are also part of wider thematic workshops, more information below:

The talk was recorded and we’ll share the video when we have it. Meanwhile others have been kind enough to share short video snippets of the free workshops for teachers that Paul does, and here’s a photo from his talk today.


*chi+med means Computer-Human Interaction for Medical Devices and is a project looking at ways in which interactive medical devices can be made safer.

CAS: 2014 Teacher Conference 21 June 2014 & Teaching Computing CPD Day on 20th, from @CompAtSch

The CAS (Computing At School) Teacher Conference will take place in Birmingham on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 June 2014. The conference itself takes place on the Saturday 21st with a day of teaching CPD happening on Friday 20th.

Tickets and information available from 2014 CAS – Conferences for Teachers of Computing.

2014 CAS – Conference for Teachers of Computing
Computing At School (CAS)
Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (BST)
Birmingham, United Kingdom