Mutant Yorkshire Puddings Take Top Prize in Early Bird Ideas Competition

Sheffield Youngsters have been busy conjuring up ideas for digital making competition, CODE>MAKE>WIN.

Edward Waller, 10, of Oughtibridge Primary School took the £150 prize for his game, Pudding Panic. The game incorporates Sheffield landmarks such as the Crucible Theatre, Peace Gardens, Tinsley Towers and the iconic 1960s city centre police box.

Players work their way from one Steel City landmark to another, evading attack from mutant radioactive Yorkshire puddings along the way. Edward used a photograph of his dad to portray the main character, a typical Yorkshireman, who uses Yorkshire phrases such as ‘eyup’ throughout the game.

Edward wowed judges with his unique idea and his ambition to develop the game into regional specific adaptations, such as giant jellied eels in London and mutant mint cakes in Kendal. He is currently developing the game into a full working prototype.

On winning the Award, Edward said, “It was the best day of my life! I couldn’t believe I had won out of all the other entries. I am going to use the prize money to put towards a new laptop so that I can continue to learn and work on my skills.”

Edward is one of many children from around the city who are currently working on their digital skills, developing ideas and projects for Sheffield’s annual coding and making competition, CODE>MAKE>WIN, which is run by Sheffield City Council and sponsored by Benchmark Recruitment. Young people aged 9-19 can enter their projects into four digital categories: Animation, Games, Software Apps and Robotics. A cash prize of £250 is up for grabs for the winning project.

Visit www.codemakewin.org.uk for more information. Entries are open until midnight 31st May.

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