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Shaun the Sheep Launches Family Coding Competition

On 22 July 2014, Shaun the Sheep, the UK’s favourite kids’ TV character, opened the doors on his Game Academy to families, in an attempt to get parents and children coding – together.

Shaun’s Game Academy, which uses the Scratch programming language, was launched in May this year. It was developed by Aardman Animations, creator of Shaun the Sheep, and Nominet Trust, the UK’s only dedicated tech for good funder, to inspire digital makers of all ages to build computer games based on the adventures of the popular TV character.

The new family-based competition has been timed to coincide with the start of the summer holidays giving parents and their children a chance to try out some of the new skills they will be learning, when computing becomes a compulsory part of the national curriculum in September.

The competition gives users a suite of characters, backgrounds and effects from the stop-motion animation series to create simple, fun and exciting games. Families will also have access to a series of Scratch tutorials and creative activities on game design to help them get familiar with coding and game development.

Read the full announcement here.

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