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OpenUK Kids' Competition: MiniMu Glove Challenge

Points Challenge

: 02.03.2020 17:00 - 10.04.2020 17:00

: 01.04.2020 09:00 - 10.05.2020 17:00

: Sponsored

Welcome to the First Edition of the OpenUK Kids Competition, celebrating Open Technology in the UK

The competition is supported by Red Hat and GitHub, to engage the UK’s young people in a technology collaboration using Open Technology. The challenge is open to Key Stage 3 (or equivalent) children between the age of 11 and 14 years of age. 

The competition and supporting resources are designed to help equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience in Open Technology to begin their learning path around the meaning of Open using the UK designed MiniMU glove to begin a learning process to help meet the challenges of tomorrow.  

Any school or community group in the UK can register

Each group of 4 Key Stage 3 (or equivalent) children must have an adult to register on their behalf, be available to come to London on 10 and 11 June and have 2 adults of appropriate gender to travel with them to London on those dates.

There is no cost to enter

Up to 100 qualifying groups of 4 children may enter, but only 1 group per participating school or community group may enter. (please note, if you are a community group, set up your community group as a school within Dendrite registration and the team will approve your set up enabling you to register for the competition).

These groups will be spread across the whole of the UK, with a limited number of places available in each "Region". Our definitions of "Region" for this event and number of available places in each of these are:

  • England - North, 30 places;
  • England - South, 30 place;
  • Northern Ireland - 10 places;
  • Scotland - 20 places; and
  • Wales - 10 places.

One winning team from each Region will be brought by OpenUK to London on 10 and 11 June. They will  compete in the Competition Final at Red Hat’s Innovation Lab in Monument, London on 11 June having had the opportunity to spend the night before in London.

Spending the day in the Innovation Labs they will meet double Grammy Award winning singer and MiMU glove creator, Imogen Heap, who will be among the inspirational folk joining the finalists in the Innovation Labs for the Finals Day, where a winning team will be selected from the 5 Regional Finalists.

Regional Finalist Teams will be decided by a combination of their leader board scores against the specified criteria and the Judges’ decision as to the best diary and creative video entries.  The overall winner will be decided by the Judges based on the Finals day at the Red Hat labs on 11 June. Judges' decision is final in both cases.

What does my school receive?

  • 1x MiniMU Glove Kit;
  • 1 x micro:bit;
  • Access to video and learning materials online; and
  • Access to experts online

The MiniMU glove is based on double Grammy Award winning singer, Imogen heap’s software MiMU Glove and was featured on Blue Peter in December 2019.

“We are very grateful to the Open Source community whose passions and work have helped us to develop the MiniMU gloves. I’m looking forward to being inspired by the projects brought to the OpenUK Kids Competition." Imogen Heap


How the competition works:

  1. Register online;
  2. Receive kit (glove and micro:bit) from Pimoroni, the MiniMU glove manufactrer;
  3. Create a diary for the project;
  4. Use the instructions to build and test the MiniMU glove with the micro:bit and keep details of how this went in the diary. Use the video content to help with this and explore the gloves and ask if you need questions answered or support;
  5. Learn about what open technologies are and more about open source software (which the Micro:bit uses) and the benefits of collaboration from the videos online and if you like, from your team's own research; 
  6. Hold sessions exploring the glove and providing opportunities for students to collaborate to find their favourite creative use for the MiniMU glove. Notes and a video presentation for this are in the content areas below;
  7. Ask our expert team one question agreed by the group. We have an array of experts [including Grammy Award winning singer Imogen Heap] [ insert picture of Imogen][ Add link to info on the glove] but there is no guarantee which expert will choose to answer your question so try to make your questions appropriate to all or at least a number of the experts; and
  8. Make and submit two short videos and your diary:
    1. One video of less than two minutes using the glove, with a creative suggestion for use of the glove; and
    2. A second video of less than two minutes explaining the benefits of Open Source and collaboration.
  9. Competition finishes on 10 May and entries must be uploaded by an adult on 11 May UCT.

Teacher Guide

Further details are in the teacher guide which you can view and download from the menu below or by clicking [here].
The resources in the sections below contain lots of information to help you manage taking part in the competition, please use them.

All accepted registered groups will be sent a glove and micro:bit by Pimoroni on or around 30 March. By registering and accepting the terms and conditions the team are committing to submit a completed entry on 11 May. Should no entry be received the cost of the items received may be charged to the registering adult.


Q.Where can I get advice on making and using the glove?
A.You can review the videos and teacher guide below which include new resources on running your glove making event.

Q.Where can I get more help?
A.You can and should use the message forum here to ask our experts one question per team as part of the competition. If you post in the 'ask the experts' section, Learning Partnership staff are notified immediately and our expert team will come back to you. Remember you must ask one question of the experts to take part in the competition.

If have other questions or problems, you can also get more help and information on +44(0)1869 346 609.

Title Time constraints Geolocation Participants
Qualifying 01.04.2020 09:00
10.05.2020 17:00
United Kingdom 34
National Finals 10.06.2020 09:00
11.06.2020 17:00
United Kingdom 0