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BAFTA supports gameTA support designers of the futur with annual competition


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designers of the future with annual competition


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has opened entries for the 2018 BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) competition which aims to inspire the UK’s game creators of the future by giving young people the chance to design and make their own game. The young winners will receive a host of prizes including games, hardware, software licences, tours of games studios and 12 months’ support from industry professionals to develop their game ideas. The successful entrants will be announced at a special awards ceremony in July at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly in London, attended by stars of the games industry, TV and radio.


The BAFTA Young Game Designers competition is part of a year-round programme of activity that gives young people and educators unique insight and access into the games industry. In 2017 UK consumers spent £3.35bn on boxed, downloade d and mobile games, significantly more than on music or DVDs.


The competition, which engaged over 2,000 young people in 2017, has been designed so that young people can enter in their own time, as part of a lesson in school, within a coding club, or as an additional homework challenge set by their teacher. To support educators, BAFTA has created a range of free online teaching resources, which link the competition to the national curriculum, and can be downloaded for free


(http:////y/ygd.bafta.org/resources). BAFTA is also hosting teacher workshops and game design opportunities for young people around the UK.


Launched in 2010, the main YGD competition is aimed at 10-18 year-olds, divided into age-specific sub-groups. Entrants can be individuals or a team of up to three people, who can choose to enter two creative categories: The Game Concept Award, for those creating a concept for a new game; and the GameMaking Award, for those making a game using freely available software.


The competition closes onWednesday 25 April. http://ygd.bafta.org/


Enterprising pupils at Beech Hall School recently battled it out and secured a much-coveted place at the grand final of a creative competition, in association with International technology brand, Siemens.


Talented pupils at the Tytherington-based school dedicated several weeks to designing, testing and improving a working model rollercoaster. During the preparation phase of the competition, an expert from the global brand visited the school to offer guidance and support, before returning to judge which teams would progress to the final stage.


Both a junior and a senior team achieved a highly sought-after place in the concluding leg of the challenge. The victorious senior group based their design on Halloween, and the successful junior team took inspiration from outer-space.


Headteacher James Allen commented: “The challenge was a great way to educate and enthuse our pupils about engineering and STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering andMaths) subjects.


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“The pupils produced some interesting designs and their dedication to the oject was reflected in the final masterpieces.”


www.beechhallschool.org


Online safety charity Childnet calls on young people to ‘Connect with respect’ and enter their Film Competition


Online safety charity


Leading online safety charity, Childnet has launched the ninth Childnet Film Competition to encourage young people aged 7-18 to create a short film to educate their peers about staying safe online.


Delivered by Childnet as part of its work in the UK Safer Internet Centre, the competition aims to encourage young people to have respectful interactions online and gives young people the opportunity to harness their creativity and share their understanding of online safety issues. Judged by a panel of experts from the BBC, BAFTA, BBFC and BFI, the winning films will be shown at the finalists’ event in London and will be


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young people to ‘Connectwith re enter their FilmCompetition


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used as educational resources in schools across the UK.


This year’s theme focusses on how young people can ‘connect with respect’ and work together to make the internet a better place for c hildren and young people.


Childnet have developed resource packs including storyboard templates, guides to filmmaking and other useful documents to help schools and youth organisations engage and support young people in making their films. Entries need to be sent to Childnet by 11th June, including entry and media consent forms which can be found at www.childnet.com/film-


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The Film Competi copyright that entra comp. There is also


important information about


tion winners will each receive nts will need to consider.


a filmmaking kit for their school which includes a Canon DSLR camer a, tripod and clapperboard.


To enter the Childnet FilmCompetition please send an email to film@childnet.com to request an info


formation pack. If you


would like to find outmore and download the schools packs visitwww.childnet.com/ film-competition


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