Space Cheese Mining Awards

A coveted award

A coveted award

As part of the first year programming course we set a piece of coursework for the students. This is a board game implementation to rules that change each year.  But the game always involves rockets, cheese and space. This year we did "Space Cheese Mining", with plucky captains steering their rockets around space picking up the valuable cheese pieces and stealing the cheese from hapless victims. 

At the end of the semester each student is personally assessed and given feedback on their code, which is a lot of work for the department. This year it took six staff members who worked over four days to get through the entire group. It's very important to us that this is done, and done well, so we this year we gave the staff involved "Space Cheese Mining Awards" for their dedication.  They are 3D printed rockets and cheese. We'll have the same routine (but different awards) for the second semester coursework.