Quarter and Semi Finals for GamesCon 2020 (Important Information)

As the final approaches in JUne, there will be some imprtant processes to take place, the process is the same every year and below are the instructions.


If you have more than 1 team registered in your school, then you will need to be thinking about and having an in-school competition to choose the best team to go forward to the Semi Finals. If you only have a single team , then the young coders can carry on perfecting their games, presentation pitches, posters, documentation and artefacts, ready for the cluster Semi-Final

This animation explains the next steps and can be shown to your class.


The semi finals will be judged by industry experts to identify the teams that will progress from each cluster. To achieve this the games must be loaded up into a folder for your Cluster in Glow

Please check here to find the teams you may be competing with in your cluster semi-final. You may find that there is only 1 team registered and therefore, you will automatically advance to the final. (BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO UPLOAD YOUR DOCUMENTS TO THE GLOW SITE )

To give your team the best chance, in addition to the game code  please also include any documentation, posters and if you can a short ( less than 1 minute) video promoting the game.


Arrange an In-Cluster competition (good practice for the final) and let the pupils and teachers decide on a cluster winner. (then post the winning team only files into the folder in Glow)

This must be completed by (Date to be decided) we will inform schools on  (Date to be decided)  of the winning teams, allowing plenty time for schools to organise transport to RGU.

All of this information is available on the GamesCon blog  but if you need any help or questions answered please contact myself or Susan.

Secondary Schools

Each Secondary School registered can send 1 team to the final. Your final project may be different from the Primary Schools so could you please send to either Susan or myself any equipment you think you may need ( big table, power, etc) ASAP, also please confirm how many teachers and students will be coming to RGU.


Where to Upload 2020 Semi Final Entries

I have created a Glow Site for schools to upload their games when they are finished. There can only be one team with one game from each school registered.

This needs to be done by Friday 15th May.

There will be one team picked from each cluster to go forward to the Grand Finale at Robert Gordon University.

Good Luck!!

*Click on the image below to access the Glow Site.*

Where does it fit into the Curriculum?

There is a natural fit into the Technologies Computing Science E’s and O’s

The technologies progression framework from Education Scotland and these can be accessed HERE 

Education Scotland Technologies Experiences and Outcomes
Education Scotland Technologies Experiences and Outcomes

Links can also be made to Literacy, Numeracy, Health and Wellbeing and Science outcomes.

Learners will be demonstrating attributes in each of the four capacities, and will be improving on their digital literacy skills.

How to find resources for 2018 final?

Links to resources

There are great tutorial on the SCRATCH site https://scratch.mit.edu/help/videos/

Even SCRATCH resources on the Raspberry Pi site.


Great resources on the Barefoot computing site http://barefootcas.org.uk

There may be books in your school library, or ask at your local library.

The cluster academy school will have resources, ask for help from senior students, or visit the computing department, if they have one.

SCRATCH is free and can be downloaded to curricular computers, (if it is not installed log a call with Ask Fred).  it can also be accessed online.

5Rights site. http://5rightsframework.com



What is the path to the final at RGU?

The final at RGU will have 1 team from each cluster.

  • If your school has more than 1 team then there will be a competition in the school between the teams to decide the winning team, this will take place before the Easter Holidays
  • The semi finals will take place during May 2017 where a team from each cluster will progress to the grand final at RGU.
  • The overall Aberdeenshire GamesCon Champion team will be decided at RGU on 22nd June 2017

The RGU day will allow teams to meet programmers, games developers, students and staff from the RGU computing school. We hope to have representatives from TV and radio to promote the event across Scotland.


Who can compete?

The GamesCon is open to any P6/P7 learners who will work in a team of four.

Each team will typically have a teacher to supervise, and in the team we would suggest a mix of skills:


Graphic designer– someone who will design the characters, backgrounds and foregrounds and any other visual effects, including storyboards


Presenter – someone who will be confident in presenting the project to an audience, he/she may also design posters to demonstrate the work of the team and for the presentation create a Movie/PowerPoint/Prezi to really show off the work of the group.


Programmer – someone who has good coding skills and can bring the ideas and storyboards to life.


Document controller – someone to ensure all the document associated with the project are kept safely, this will include all the ideas, sketches and planning documents, scripts used in coding, testing plans and results. This person may want to create a blog to keep track of the project as it moves from ideas to finished product.


Researcher – someone who will be responsible for researching the ideas and ensuring the finished product is accurate in what it says/aims are.


There may be other roles that the teams will think of, which will mean some team members will be working in more than 1 role.


We would hope that the learners all work as a team, taking a shared responsibility for the finished product and learning from each other.