The competition is open to students in primary and second level schools in Ireland, and to students attending after-school coding clubs such as Coderdojo. Projects can be about anything – the only limit is students’ imagination.
Teachers and entrants may avail of free downloads, including dozens of download lesson plans, workbooks and other resources for teaching and learning Scratch in the classroom. Separate resources are available for primary and secondary age groups.
Every student who submits a completed project will receive a Certificate of Participation in the National Scratch Competition, in recognition of their work and creativity. Projects may be submitted by groups or individuals.
Entries are reviewed by a panel of judges, and the finalists invited to the National Finals as part of Tech Week, Ireland's annual festival of technology. There are six award categories in addition to the prize of Overall Winner.
Scratch is a visual programming language that makes it easy for young people to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art – and share their creations on the web.
Scratch is developed by the MIT Media Lab and is available free of charge.
Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively – essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Scratch teaches computational thinking and problem-solving using a powerful yet simple-to-use building block approach to app creation.
Scratch is a fun and interesting way to introduce software development to students. Using Scratch, students gain a better understanding of a career in IT and can make more informed CAO choices.
Our free resources for primary teachers consist of a pack containing 10 step-by-step, 45 minute lesson plans. To request your free classroom pack follow this link to register.
Further resources for primary and secondary students are available on Scratch.ie.