Resources

We’ll attach some useful links and documents here as the competition develops, so watch this space!

Apps

Makeroid

Makeroid is a free Android app development tool. The platform helps makers build apps without needing to be able to code – you just have to drag and drop components and join blocks to make the code.

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MIT App Inventor

MIT App Inventor allows anybody to build apps that impact the world. The platform is an intuitive, visual programming environment that allows everyone, including children, to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets. If you are a beginner you can use their tutorials to have your first simple app up and running in less than 30 minutes! There are also lots of other resources available on their website to help you create more complex projects

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Thunkable

Thunkable enables anyone to create beautiful and powerful mobile apps. The platform uses drag and drop blocks to create projects so is great for beginners and more advanced coders alike and is available for both iOS and Android.

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Games

Kodu

Kodu is a visual programming language made specifically for creating games. The platform is designed to be accessible for children (great for those in the 10-13 category who want to submit a Game Design!) and enjoyable for everybody. Kodu is free and you can find helpful tutorials online.

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OpenGameArt.org

OpenGameArt.org provides free/open source game developers with a  library of high quality, freely licensed art to use within their projects. You can find lots of useful things from concept art to music, textures and 2D and 3D art which can be used to help with both Game Idea and Game Development entries. Make sure to check the FAQs and licences of the artwork/music before you use it so that you can appropriately credit the author(s)!

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Piskel

Piskel is a great free tool for creating 2d animations and pixel art for game development. All new game developers need a way to make animations and sprites for their games, and Piskel allows you to do this for free! There are also tutorials available online to help you get to grips with the software.

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Scratch

Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create interactive stories, games, and animations. Scratch is free and great for younger coders and beginners alike. You can find lots of projects and helpful information on their website to help you get started.

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Twine

Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. You don’t need to be able to code to create a simple story with Twine, but you can add to your stories with variables, conditional logic, Javascript and CSS when you’re ready. There’ also lots of tutorials available on their website to help you get started. Twine publishes directly to HTML so you can post your work almost anywhere, and anything you create using it is free to use!

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