First Bytes 2014
On Friday night, there will be a project competition were you will
show off your project and let your fellow campers all "ooooooh" and
"aaaaaah" over all your hard work. You may choose one of three
categories in which to compete (yes, you must compete!) and prizes
will be awarded in each of the three categories. Prizes to be
announced. (On Saturday morning, you will have a project showcase
where you will present your projects for your parents to "ooooooh" and
The three categories are:
During Thursday's lab, we'll ask you for your a) group name and b)
competition category. During Friday's lab, you'll be expected to
record your presentation---so plan to finish early on Friday!
- Complex Patterns
- Dancing Lights
- Message Writing
For the presentations, your Arduino board will be powered with a
battery rather than through a USB cable, which will allow you greater
freedom of motion. The batteries will be distributed in lab on
The materials for your presentation include, of course, your Arduino
board and your lights. However, should you need other materials (such
as markers, foam board, tape, etc.) please talk to a member of the
camp staff and we'll do our best to accommodate you.
Rules of the Competition
- Every member of the group must help write code for the project,
and every member must be able to explain and answer questions about
- For every project except message writing, the project must run at
least 15 seconds and no more than two minutes. For message writing, the
project must consist of at least 10 letters and no more than 25.
- You must use at least three light colors in your project, and one
must be of your own creation.
- During the presentation, every group member must come forward and
have a role.
- You must submit all relevant files for your project to one of the
camp staff. These files include code and any other necessary
materials for your presentation, such as music, as well as your
- Your project must be able to run in an infinite loop, with a
pause between the end of one iteration and the beginning of the next.
If you have a song, your song should be able to run on the same loop.
Possible Award Categories
Not all categories of awards may apply to all categories of competition
- Most Creative
- Most Algorithmically Challenging
- Most Visually Appealing
- Most Colorful
- Most Original
- Judges' Favorites
- Audience Favorites