Shaun the Sheep gets kids coding

Wallace and Gromit creators, Aardman Animations, are encouraging children to get into coding with the launch of Shaun’s Game Academy

The multi award-winning company is calling on youngsters to build online games based on the adventures of one of its character, Shaun the Sheep.

Called Shaun’s Game Academy, it is aimed at getting children involved in coding and advanced computing at a young age.

The game-making contest is backed by Nominet Trust, and will use coding platform Scratch.

Aardman has developed five educational modules teaching children how to use Scratch, and is offering prizes for the best games created in two categories: children aged 12 and under, and aged 13 and over.

The winning ‘kiddy-coder’ will be invited to spend the day at Aardman’s dockside offices in Bristol city centre to have their creation developed further by the studio’s games team.

Aardman will also provide resources for parents and teachers as part of its contest, while parenting website Mumsnet is also on board as a partner.

The competition, which is now open, will run until September.