ASIA CHALLENGE 2020
Showcase your skills in coding, digital making, and problem solving.
Free micro:bit kit for eligible schools and students!
Register: By 3 August 2020*
Team size: Individual
Submission: By 28 August 2020
Results: By mid-September 2020
* We are accepting registrations after 3 August! However, all the Basic Kits have been given out.
Update: Awards details are available! Click here to read more.
The 3D-Tronics Micro:bit Asia Challenge is an annual platform organised by Zenitant and Tinkercademy for students to showcase their skills in coding, digital making and problem solving.
This year, we are happy to announce support by LearnSG and IMDA to provide free micro:bits and starter kits to qualifying participants from selected community programmes. Schools will also receive free starter kits for student use.
With social distancing measures still in place, 3D-Tronics 2020 will be conducted entirely online, with free online training for participants, as well as online Q&As, submissions, and judging.
This year's theme is Digital Making for Safe Re-Opening. Can you prototype a digital maker solution to help address the issues of the day? Participants must work individually, using the micro:bit and any other add-ons, to create a project around the theme.Participants will submit their final product, in the form of code + a video or presentation, by 28 August.There will be complimentary online training provided from July to August. Participants can sign up for one session.Attractive prizes to be won for the most creative projects!
Further details will be available by mid-July.
Students can take part in one of two categories:
For participants from primary schools (age 7-12).
For participants from secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics, and ITE (age 13-19).
To register, please note:
Participants from community programmes (e.g. Code In The Community), please fill in this registration form for community programme participants. Please note that only registrants from community programmes listed in the form will be approved to receive the micro:bit and starter kit.
All other students, please register through your school teachers. Teachers can download this Excel file, and submit to [email protected]. We will confirm the availability of starter kits, and arrange for delivery to your school.
This section will be updated with details on the competition. Check back regularly!
Judging and Awards
For the main competition, entries will be judged based on the following:
Theme: Adherence to theme, and originality of concept
Presentation & Documentation: Slides and/or documentation of your project
Design & Functionality: Creative construction
Coding: Original and inventive solutions encouraged
For this year's competition, you can aim for one of the many prize categories below! We are planning for each category to include a Junior (primary school) and Senior (secondary school and above) winner.
Do note that the organising committee reserves the right to award one prize to more than one entry, or not award a given prize if no entries are found suitable.
Theme Award: Most original/innovative concept while adhering to "Digital-Making for Safe Reopening"
Presentation Award: Best slides or documentation!
Design Award: Creative use of the Kit, well-thought out build/structure
Coder Award: Most interesting or innovative code
Influencer Award: Most liked on social media (requires early submission—details coming soon!)
Green Warrior: Best use of recycled material like cardboard, plastic bottles, newspaper, etc.
Godzilla Award: Biggest/Tallest Project: a constructed project that's at least 20cm tall or wide, with a good reason for its size (don't just attach a micro:bit to a cardboard)
Basic Award: Best project with just the Basic Kit
Minimalist Award: Best project with just the micro:bit, and no other electronic components.
Explorer Award: Best outdoor-oriented prototype—take micro:bit outdoors, weatherproof it, or make it interact with the environment!
Craftsperson Award: Most hand-made and fewest pre-fabricated* parts as possible. (*Prefabs are parts that are designed by someone else, bought and used off-the-shelf.) You must show evidence of your design process through photos, sketches, or CAD.
Friendliest Award: Project with the most potential to be used/played with friends.
Community Award: Best project from community organisation participants
Judges' Choice: Selected by a panel of international judges
How and what to submit
We'll put up the submission link soon, but here's what you need to prepare!
You can download this submission template (PowerPoint file) to get started.
Slides or Document: Include these: (1) Your name, school, and competition serial number; (2) Title and description of your project, how it relates to the theme, and any awards you are aiming for; (3) What you learned; (4) The items below. We will put up a downloadable template for this soon, but you are free to get started.
Photos: Take between 2–5 photos of your project in action, or how you made it! Be sure to show off the best view of your project. Include these in your document.
Code: Take a screenshot of your code. In MakeCode, right-click an empty code area, and select Snapshot. Next, click on the Share button at the top left, Publish your project, and copy the link. Include these in your document. If you're working in syntax-based code like Python, you can just paste the code in the document, or paste a link to a public Gist, or use a hastebin like code.tk.sg.
Video: Take a video introducing your project! The video should be between 15 seconds and 1 minute long. TikTok-style music videos encouraged, but no need to dance. Upload it to YouTube, set it to public or unlisted, and include a link in your document.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are considered participants from community organisations? We are reserving a number of competition spots for students from under-privileged backgrounds, as represented by community organisations such as Code in the Community. In addition to free online training, students will receive a free micro:bit kit, including a BBC micro:bit Go and a Basic Kit.How can I get students from my community organisation involved? If you would like to invite students from your organisation to join our competition, please drop us an email at [email protected]. We will update the form so that they can register, or you can register for them.Do schools receive micro:bits and kits? Schools will not receive micro:bits, but we have secured a number of Basic Kits for schools. If your school does not need the kits, please let us know, and we can make them available to others. What if my school does not have micro:bits? We can make micro:bits available for purchase or rental upon request. Please drop us an email at [email protected]. If you would like to purchase directly, you can head over to the Get Hacking STEM Store and buy from the micro:bit selection—use the promo code 3dtronics for a 10% discount. When will schools or students receive their kits? Please allow up to 2 weeks for us to arrange delivery. You can get started learning about the micro:bit before that at the micro:bit website.