Calling all Roblox fans and coders! Do you have what it takes?

NIHERST is launching the first ever Teach ME National School Innovation Competition. The competition aims to foster a culture of science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship for primary and secondary school students in Trinidad and Tobago. The competition seeks to recognise and reward student innovators and problem-solvers for their application of scientific knowledge and technological solutions in an effort to solve a problem faced by their community or school.

For 2020, the Teach Me National School Innovation Competition will be launched and hosted on a virtual platform known as Roblox. Roblox is an online game platform and game creation system that allows users to design and build their own games as well as play games created by other users. Participants will be exposed to coding, game development and game design, skills that they will use to build a virtual school or community in which they would solve a problem related to the overarching theme Public Health.

Eligibility

  • All entrants must be nationals of Trinidad and Tobago between the ages of 8 and 17.
  • Individuals or teams of up to five (5) persons can enter the competition
  • Judging and prize giving will be divided into the following categories:
    • Juniors Ages: 8 – 10
    • Seniors Ages: 11 – 17
  • Multiple entries are allowed and should be done on separate entry forms.
  • Members of the organising committee and their families are not eligible to enter this competition.
  • Entrants must sign the relevant agreement forms to be considered for judging.

Registration Process

1. Visit the Teach ME National School Innovation Competition page on the
    NIHERST website - http://www.niherst.gov.tt/teachme-innovation-competition
2. Download the Regulations Booklet.
3. Read all the instructions carefully. Get all necessary approvals from
    your teachers.
4. Complete the online Registration Form

Competition Instructions

Students must use the game building software Roblox Studio to design their prototypes.
1. Create Roblox user account www.roblox.com
2. Download and install the game building software Roblox Studio
    roblox.com/create
3. Collaborate using Team Create feature
4. Using Roblox, create a solution to a Public Health threat or problem in
    your school or community.

Video tutorials would be circulated via email to all participants as a guide to using the gaming platform.

Teams must complete a Project Design Packet to document their journey throughout the competition (one design packet per team). Design packets should detail the project concept, design process and development, trials and error, and any other records. Design packets must include weekly progress notes and can be supplemented with pictures or videos.

Competition Deadlines

Registration Friday, 11th September, 2020
Draft Prototype Proposal and Draft Design
of Prototype or Video of a Run-Through
Monday, 19th October, 2020
Final Prototype Proposal Tuesday, 27th October, 2020
Live Presentation of Final Prototypes/
Final Judging
Friday, 30th October, 2020

We look forward to your entries!