Computer Animation

Computer Animation – Year 7 – Mrs Sherman

Computer animation is a growing sector of the entertainment and computing industry which is currently being promoted by the UK Government. This option will allow pupils to explore different programs to animate with, both free programs (Scratch and Alice) and industry standard software for game designers (Flash) enhancing their ability to code effectively. The computer games industry and computing are one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy and offer a wide range of jobs for the future from game design, T.V work and special effects. There are opportunities within this unit for pupils of all ability to produce a minute long animation for entry into a national competition, the 8th Annual UK Schools Computer Animation Competition, and measure themselves against pupils of all ages from across the country.


About the competition

What is it?
The annual UK Schools Computer Animation Competition is all about enthusing schoolchildren about Computer Science, and to use computers creatively.

Who can enter?
Students aged 7-19 at UK schools and colleges. 

How to enter?
Entrants create an original key-frame computer animation, up to one minute in length, using eligible software including: Alice, Flash, Scratch, Blender, Autodesk 3D Studio Max, Autodesk Maya, and Serif DrawPlus. Prizes are awarded by age category (KS2, KS3, KS4 and KS5).

What are the prizes?
Laptops, iPads, iPods, games consoles, vouchers have all been given as prizes before!

When are the prizes awarded?
At our summer Animation Festival and Inspirational Computer Science Day, held at The University of Manchester.