Defend the Earth Congratulations on deciding to participate in the Global Codeathon. The advanced coding competition is an opportunity to be creative and to test one’s coding skills. For the 2017 Global Codeathon, our friends at .GEARS Game Studios have agreed to help us develop sprites that you can use in your very own program. Click here to download the sprites. This year, our coders' mission is to defend the Earth. Coding is an opportunity to be creative and we look forward to seeing what you come up with. This means you don’t have to be the most advanced coder to do well, you may even be fairly new to coding. In order to to be part of the event your program must be submitted by Monday, May 5th through this form (you may want to do this with your teacher or parent’s help). Remember that defending the earth can be done in many ways. Perhaps you are protecting the environment, taking care of animals or fighting off asteroids. Just be creative and have fun! How the programs will be scored: Creativity/Uniqueness (25 pts): Program idea is interesting and original. Visual Appeal (25 pts): Program is aesthetically pleasing. Engagement (25 pts): Program is engaging – I want to keep playing with it. Technical ability (25 pts): Demonstrates a variety of coding skills such as conditionals, loops, broadcasting. Program feels complete. Good luck on your mission!