Show us your project - and win a micro:bit kit

Updated: 6 days ago

Calling all TECgirls aged 6-12! Have you been working on a coding or digital making project during lockdown that you'd like to share with us?


If so, you could win a micro:bit Inventor's Kit just like this one:




If you've seen the first issue of our Sandbox Magazine, you'll know we're on the lookout for TEC projects to feature in the Summer issue, due out in August.


All you have to do is send an email to sandbox@tecgirls.co.uk, with a couple of photos of your project, and your answers to these questions:


  • Your first name and your age

  • What is your project and what does it do?

  • Where did you get the idea for it?

  • What did you use to make it?

  • How long did it take?

  • How easy was it to make?

  • What do you like most about it?

  • What do you think you will make next - and why?


If we choose to feature your project in the Summer issue, we'll send you a micro:bit Inventor's Kit worth £37.50*!


Some inspiration from Una, Emilia and Eliza


Your project could be anything from coding a game or animation, to building a world in Minecraft, to making your own electronic music.


Here are three projects from TECgirls Una, Emilia and Eliza to inspire you:


Una, age 10: Electronics with Arduino


Tell us about your project

I used an Arduino to control a stepper motor to move a 3D-printed Minecraft block forwards and backwards using a joystick.


Where did you get the idea for it?

I saw a similar design online and wanted to try and make it my way.


What did you use to make it?

I used an Arduino, lots of wires, a stepper motor, some screws and a 3D printer.

How long did it take?

Saturday afternoon.


How easy was it to make?

It wasn’t that easy – the first time I tried it, I put a wire in the wrong place!


What do you like most about it?

That it challenges me to get my brain thinking.


What do you think you will make next?

A maths game on Scratch to help me with my times tables.



Emilia, age 11: Viking Minecraft


Tell us about your project

It’s a small Viking village history project on Minecraft.


Where did you get the idea for it?

I was studying Vikings at the time.


What did you use to make it?

Minecraft on my laptop. I also used history books and websites to learn about how Vikings lived.


How long did it take?

A few days, including research about Vikings because I wanted it to be as accurate as possible.


How easy was it to make?

Not too difficult, but not super easy. I had to do lots of research for it, but it was fun to build.

What do you like most about it?

I like it because it’s not just some random village that I didn't spend much time or effort on, it’s quite historically accurate, I did lots of research for it, it looks nice and I enjoyed building it. What do you think you will make next?

A Minecraft skyscraper. I have an educational book on building a city in Minecraft, and in it there’s a skyscraper. But theirs is too short, in my opinion. So I’ve just started building a skyscraper so tall, the game won’t let me build it higher!


Eliza, age 11: Scratch adventure game


Tell us about your project

It’s a small text adventure game, in which you help a unicorn to protect the woods from an evil fairy called Gonster.


Where did you get the idea for it?

I’ve played text adventures before and thought I could make my own.


What did you use to make it?

I used a laptop and a super cool website called Scratch


How long did it take?

Two hours in two separate bursts.


How easy was it to make?

It was quite hard since it has so many elements like music and text-to-speech.


What do you like most about it?

I really love the story and how I got to create my own world.


What do you think you will make next?

I think I will make a battle game, perhaps with a medieval theme because I’ve never done one.



* Competition T&Cs


This competition is open to girls aged 6-12 living in Cornwall. Please send details of just one project, by Friday 24th July. We’ll contact you in July to let you know if your project has been chosen.

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