Computer Programming

This category includes product development of games, or functions, by either writing original code or by utilizing developmental software such as Unity to create the project. To enter a product as original all code must be written by the student.

Procedures

All entries, from conception to final product, must be written or developed by the students entering the project. Entries must be packaged in a way that they can be easily submitted via a link on the school entry form. Both the project and the program required to run it must be included in the entry. Operational procedures must be included on the entry form and explained to your Media Specialist.

HELPFUL HINTS:
Computer programming entries often require specific software. If your program will not run without the software, the student must make arrangements with the media specialist to ensure that the program will run.

Subcategories

Original Code 
___ Games/Entertainment
___ Educational/Informational Functions

Developmental Software 
___ Educational/Informational Functions 
___ Games/Entertainment 

Judging Criteria

Content Achieves Purpose

Will anyone care about the content of your program?  Is the subject or idea big enough to sustain the entire program? Is the use or message clear?

Content Suitable to Audience

Will anyone care about the content of your program?  Is the subject or idea big enough to sustain the entire program? Is the use or message clear?

Creativity/Originality

Create a computer program that clearly shows that you are using the program or code in interesting ways.  This may include using content or code that is widely available, but not always used.  This may also mean that the student has combined content and/or code in a way that is interesting or different. 

Organization/Structure

Show evidence of planning and choice through all parts of your project as you focus on achieving the program's purpose. Show that the information or story is paced and developed in a way that keeps viewers interested and helps them understand your meaning. 

Overall Effectiveness/Presentation

Does your program heighten viewer attention and interest?  When the program is over, does it leave a meaning with the viewer? Does it grab the viewer’s attention? 

Appropriate Design Techniques/Resources

Judges will be looking for  complexity of code , creativity, originality, and multiple levels .

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