Break into Code challenge $3000 competition for 9–18 year olds using


Break Into Code!

We want to give all students  the opportunity to learn coding, so why not get started today with and have a chance of winning $3000

Microsoft Imagine introduces the Break Into Code challenge as a beginner level challenge that will get students excited about coding even if they don’t have any previous experience. We’ve teamed up with Microsoft Research’s Touch Develop to get students of all ages started with a simple, easy to follow tutorial on coding a brick breaker game. The tutorial will get them started from a blank slate to a working game which they can then personalize and reinvent to make it their own. They can use any device with a browser and internet connection to participate.


· Students register on and are directed to start with the Touch Develop brick breaker tutorial

· Once they have completed the game tutorial, they can make whatever modifications they like so long as they stay within the spirit of the game

· Students will submit their re-imagined games as entries to our contest 

· The entries will be Judged on Customization, Quality, and Presentation

Timeline: April 22th to June 7th

Target Audience: 9-18 year olds

Competition Age Brackets: 9-13, 14-18

Prize: Winners from each bracket receive USD $3000 for 1st, $2000 for 2nd, $1000 for 3rd

Tool: Microsoft Research Touch Develop

Touch Develop Brick Breaker Tutorial and fully functioning game


Touch Develop Brick Breaker with customizations

Comments (1)

  1. David Renton says:

    Lee do they need to start with this tutorial, as part of my TouchDevelop curriculum is making a breakout clone which many of my students have already done & could use as a starting point for this competition. My tutorial for Breakout is at if it helps anyone

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