[Squeakland] Squeak for code::XtremeApps 2009 contest in Singapore

Kim Rose kim.rose at vpri.org
Mon Nov 24 14:45:50 PST 2008

Dear Harish,

Your contest sounds quite interesting -- thanks for sharing with the  
Squeakland community.

There are a few programs I can tell you about.  You should know these  
used Squeak "Etoys" and not the more Smalltalk-like environment of  
"Squeak" -- so these children did their "programming" creating scripts  
and using the tiles found in the Etoy system.  If you choose to use  
Etoys as part of your contest,  we highly advise you to use the most  
recent version that can be downloaded from the Squeakland website now.  
This version is also compatible with the version children are using on  
the XO from olpc.

1) Hewlett Packard Japan started a program a few years ago called "HP  
Super Science Kids" -- this was a country-wide program in Japan that  
engaged children to participate by creating science-based Etoys and  
submit them for judging by a "distinguished panel".   Winners shared  
their entries via public venues.   Here is the official site of the  
Program -- but I am sorry it is in Japanese -- hopefully you can find  
someone to read/translate.

2) The organization "Waveplace" recently conducted a contest too,  
focussing on storytelling, but several of the stories contain well- 
created scripts that could lead children to create more powerful  
simulations for science.   Here is that website:  http://www.waveplace.com/news/awards/

I hope others from the community will comment if they have had  
contests or experiences in this area as well.   We would be most  
interested in seeing the projects created by your participants if/when  
they create them, so please do share with us!  We'd also love a short  
article about your experience(s) for our email-newsletter.

Good luck with your program(s) --
Kim Rose

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On Nov 23, 2008, at 3:27 PM, Harish Pillay 9v1hp wrote:

> Dear List -
> Hi.  I would like to reach out to all on this list to see how best I  
> can run
> a programming contest for children 12 years and below.
> I am on the organizing committee of a programming contest called
> code::XtremeApps.  It comprises two categories - a Junior Category
> for those 12 and below, and an open category for everyone on the
> net.
> We are going to run the 3rd iteration of the contest next year (you
> can see the 2008 details at http://www.itsc.org.sg/codeXtremeApps2008.html) 
> .
> For the 2009 run, I am planning on using Squeak for the junior cat -
> the 2008 contest used Alice.  The contest is to be held in the June
> period (which is in the middle of school year here in Singapore).
> I would appreciate pointers and suggestions on using squeak for
> programming contest and perhaps even lessons learned.
> Thanks.
> -- 
> Harish Pillay h.pillay at ieee.org gpg id: 746809E3
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