Example Projects:

Interactive tutorials, Skits, Cartoons, A Day in the Life

Example Software:

Flash, Fireworks, CorelDRAW, 3D Animation Pro, Claymation, Alice, Scratch

Specific Category Rules

  • The judged animation must be limited to 5 minutes. If it is part of a larger project, copy the five minutes that you want judged.
  • Spelling and grammar will be judged on narrative and project.
  • Projects must be displayed on a single computer.
  • Internet connections will be provided at the State competition.
  • Displays and monitors must not exceed 24 inches.
  • Space will be assigned and limited to 3 feet per project.
  • Directions for re-launching the project must be provided, as well as any passwords. (May use narrative)

A project will be disqualified if any of the following occur:

  • The narrative description is missing. (see below)
  • Copyright information and credits are not included in the narrative or displayed with the project. (see below)
  • A planning document is not displayed/available that clarifies the process used to create the project. (see below)

If a project meets the above rules it will be judged using the following: Animation Scoring Guideline

Narrative Descriptions

Narrative descriptions are required for all projects; the narrative description/project summary is now included in the PA Computer Fair Participation Packet. If the narrative is not provided, the project will be disqualified. Narratives must be detailed enough to provide the judges with any information to fairly judge the project. Attach additional pages if necessary.

Copyright Requirements

The PA Computer Fair Participation Packet includes a participation agreement that must be signed by all participating students on a project and their teacher sponsor. Part of the agreement outlines copyright expectations, as well as other project requirements.

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The Pennsylvania Computer Fair, although educational, removes the student work from the classroom and therefore requires the student to get permission from the owner to use any copyrighted music, video, graphics, etc. Fair use does NOT apply. Remember to credit music or items that were created by yourself or friends as well.

Planning Document (Storyboard/Flowchart)

All projects need to display the process used to create the project. This should be specific and as detailed as possible to give the judges the necessary background regarding how it was developed. You may choose to put it on your tri-fold display or bring a loose-leaf notebook with your notes.

  • The document will not be judged for grammar or appearance.
  • Tri-fold displays are not judged, they are for clarification purposes only.
  • Get photo releases signed from everyone in your project in any media format.