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Guidelines for Submission

  • Must be a female student in Grades 3-12
  • Write an interactive computer program that generates something different each time based on user input — keystrokes, mouse, audio, and/or visual input.
  • Past examples have included:
    • a program that generates a different image or animation each time based on user input
    • a video game with special attention paid to the artistic look and feel of it
    • a program that helps the user create art, such as:
      • a digital musical instrument
      • a paint program
  • The program can be written in any programming language – JavaScript in Khan Academy’s programming environment (khanacademy.org) and Scratch (at scratch.mit.edu) are good options for beginners.
  • There is no limit to number of submissions per contestant, but each contestant may only win one prize per category.
  • Each entry must include a short write-up describing the program and discussing how it was coded, what was most challenging, and what was most satisfying.
  • All work must be your own.


Interactive programs will be judged by a panel of computing professionals from academia and industry. Entries will be judged equally on:

  • Creativity
  • Complexity
  • Emotional Impact
  • Quality of the coding
  • Write-up


Prizes will be presented at an Awards Ceremony during Code/Art Fest on March 14th, 2020. All contestants are strongly encouraged to attend, but need not be present to win. Awards will be given to the top 3 contestants in each of two age groups:

  • Lower (3rd – 8th grade)
  • Upper (9th-12th grade)

Prizes are selected both to reward effort and to encourage further exploration of coding.

Submission Deadline: Feb. 14th, 2020

Email [email protected] if you have questions or comments.

  • Submitted code-based artwork will be displayed at Code/Art Fest event. In the unlikely circumstance that an entry is deemed inappropriate, Code/Art reserves the right to not display it at the event.

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