How to enter the Coolest Projects online showcase

Things to remember!

  • If you are under 13, you will need a parent or guardian to register on your behalf. This involves creating or signing in to an account.
  • The deadline for registering your project is 28 June 2020.
  • Videos must be no longer than 2 minutes in duration. To upload to Youtube you must be 13 or over and have permission from a parent/guardian.
  • All submissions must be in English (written English for Scratch projects, and spoken or written English for video submissions). You can ask someone to translate for you if needed. If English isn’t your first language, and you don’t have anyone to translate for you, please contact us at [email protected].
  • Your project doesn’t need to be completely finished. You can still submit it if it doesn’t quite work as intended or requires further development.
  • Once we have uploaded your project to our online showcase, it will be available for the public to see. Make sure that you don’t include any personal or sensitive information.
  • You must answer the three questions about your project. Please remember this when writing your Scratch project notes/recording your submission videos, and please double-check this before you register!

You will need

For Scratch projects:

  • A laptop, desktop computer, or tablet with internet access
  • The URL for your completed Scratch project to be uploaded to our Scratch studio.

For all other categories:

  • A laptop, desktop computer, or other device that supports screen sharing, with internet access
  • A video camera with the ability to record video — this can be a webcam, a phone, a camcorder, etc.
  • Software for screen sharing, so the judges can see your code

How to register your project – Scratch category

  1. Once you have completed your project, write the answers to these three questions in the Notes and Credits section:
  1. Tell us about your project. Why did you choose to make it?
  2. What did you find difficult while making your project and how did you work it out?
  3. Is there anything you would do differently or you would add if you had more time?

To access the Notes and Credits section, click the See Project Page button in the Scratch editor.

Please make sure that you do not include any personal or sensitive information in your project, as it will be available for the public to view in our online Scratch studio.

  1. Check that you have saved your project, then click the Share button in the Scratch editor to make it viewable.
  1. Visit our Coolest Projects Online Showcase Scratch studio and click the Add projects button.
  1. Either: copy the URL (link) for your completed project and paste it into the Add by url bar.

Or: select it from the Add Projects bar at the bottom of the screen.

  1. Once your project has been successfully uploaded to our Scratch studio, go to the Coolest Projects online showcase registration page and complete the form.

    Remember to include the URL (link) to your completed Scratch project (e.g. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/392953406/).

If you are under 13, ask an adult to complete this form on your behalf.


How to register your project – all other categories

  1. Once you have completed your project, make a short video (maximum of 2 minutes), which shows us your project and the code that you used to make it.

    In the video, answer these three questions:
  1. Tell us about your project. Why did you choose to make it?
  2. What did you find difficult while making your project and how did you work it out?
  3. Is there anything you would do differently or you would add if you had more time?

So that our judges can see the code that you have been working on, you need to record your screen and include the recording in the video.

We recommend that you use OBS to do this.

For more information on how to use OBS to share your screen, please refer to this step-by-step guide for both Mac & PC users.

Remember that you will be sharing your video publicly, so please make sure that you do not include any sensitive or personal information.

  1. Once you have completed your video, upload it to either YouTube or Vimeo.

Remember to disable comments on your uploaded video and to make sure that we can view it. If you don’t want it to be searchable, you can make it unlisted, but it must not be private. All entries will be publicly viewable on the Coolest Projects website.

Once the video has been successfully uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo, go to the Coolest Projects online showcase registration page and complete the form.


If you need additional help to submit your project, please contact us at [email protected]

We can’t wait to see what you make!