WHAT IS Junior Innovate?

Junior Innovate is a competition to inspire digital creator mindset and life skills amongst primary school students in preparation for jobs of the future.

  • Students today consume rather than create with technology. They indulge heavily in social media and computer games. 

  • The program provides opportunity for them to create and apply open-source technologies in various fields.
  • In a consuming mode as opposed to creating mode, students lack opportunities to develop life skills — communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.
  • The program provides opportunity for them to invest in developing the projects of their interest. The experiential learning journey nurtures their life skills.

Components in Junior innovate

JI 2019 Technical


  • Embedded system with Scratch programming
  • Complementing schools’ coding class
  • Relating coding to the physical world
JI 2019 Application


  • Realising ideas and learnings
  • Build physical projects incorporating technology
JI 2019 Communication


  • Present their projects
  • A platform to apply English


  • Coding, Embedded System and other related knowledge for Industry 4.0
  • Application of English
  • 21st century teaching skills
  • Exposes students to coding, embedded system and other related knowledge for Industry 4.0
  • A platform for students to apply English
  • Opportunity for students to apply Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)
  • Creation of innovative projects annually
  • Creating awareness amongst parents on the importance of digital making
  • A knowledge that the teachers can take along with them whichever schools they go and continue to create an impact
  • Senior students will be able to guide junior students through the digital maker club platform


School Level

  • Teachers hold boot camp in school

  • Two students per team

  • Teams prepare for video submission

National Level

  • Submit a 5-minute video of the team pitching and demonstrating a working prototype by 31 December 2020


  • Receive a certificate of participation (national level) upon the submission of the video
  • No maximum number of teams per school
  • Finalists will be announced by 17 January 2021

National Level

  • 2nd round (semi-finals on 18 and 24 January 2021):
    Fifty teams will be selected to compete in a virtual open day where they will pitch live.
  • 3rd round (finals on 31 January 2021):
    Twenty teams will be selected to compete in a virtual open day where they will pitch live.


A Game for Change – A Clean and Happy Earth

Did you know that the Earth is about 4 billion years old? If we’re being honest, we haven’t exactly been nice to this Earth that has given us so many resources to live.

What can you do to help people understand the importance of keeping our Mother Earth clean and happy?

Design a game to promote positive change for Mother Earth with the creative use of the microcontroller’s input and output.

The game must include open-source microcontroller (e.g., Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Micro:Bit) and developed using open-source software (e.g., Scratch, Python).


Here are causes you can advocate. Before creating your game, take time to understand deeply why these causes are important to create a clean and happy Earth.


  • Drive less. Walk, cycle, take public transport, or carpool.
  • Take reusable bags to the store.
  • Spread awareness about ways to stop global warming.


  • Use fewer plastic products, which often ends up in oceans causing the death of marine animals.
  • Avoid buying wild-caught fish for your home aquarium.
  • Perform recreational activities like snorkeling and kayaking responsibly.


  • Never buy products made from threatened or endangered species.
  • Recycle used paper and go paperless where possible.
  • Avoid using pesticides that end up in rivers and lakes, as they are harmful to wildlife.


  • Open to primary schools registered in Malaysia
  • Two students per team
  • Team members can be from different schools
  • 9 years old and above


The judging criteria for the competition puts a greater emphasis on how well your team express their creativity instead of how well-versed you are technically. You will also need to ensure the games you create are addictive, visually pleasing, and easily understood.


Creativity (25%)

Being creative means the use of imagination or original ideas to create or to invent something. In this competition, creativity can come in many areas in this competition like the game design, the types of recyclable materials, or innovative use of the hardware components.


Communication (30%)

Instead of focusing on the technical aspects of your game, there is a greater weightage on communication because this is an important skill to express your creativity. A clear and interesting presentation is a good indication that your team has thought deeply when developing your game. You will need to explain clearly and interestingly how the game is played and submit a 5-minute video of your team’s presentation.

You are not penalized for grammatical errors. This is not a language competition. Instead, focus on articulating your game well.

Mechanics (20%)

A good game designer gives his players continuous challenges, where each completed level leads to another more challenging level, to keep them “hooked” on playing a game. You can keep players engaged by setting clear, short-term goals appropriate to the level of the player and to the context within the game.

A well-thought-out game design has a good structure that is often driven by a Game Design Document (GDD). GDD is to unambiguously describe the unique selling points such as the story, characters, user interface (UI), level, sound and music, and gameplay.


Technical (25%)

Under this category, you are required to do a code walkthrough to explain the mechanism of how your game works and how it interfaces with the input and output of the hardware.

Your game must be functioning. Wires need to be kept well hidden and not easily disconnected to ensure your game works and ready for the judges to try out.

Some games may have a heavier element of hardware and minimal software (and vice-versa), but you are not penalized or judged by how much element of hardware or software is used in your game.


The judging rubric is available from Resources.




Prizes to be announced soon.