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FAQ Scottie Go!

1. About Scottie Go!

Scottie Go! is an innovative hybrid educational game that makes learning fun by combining both the virtual and real-life space. The game is made up of two components – an application and a set of cardboard tiles used to build programs which can then be scanned with your mobile device or a webcam. Designed for both youngest and older players, Scottie Go! features nearly a hundred of quests of increased difficulty that let you design simple and more complex algorithms while learning the fundamentals of programming along the way.

Scottie Go! is available in two versions: an education version (for school and education institutions) and a home version. You can distinguish the version by the inscription located in the top corner of the game box.

Scottie Go! – the story plot

The aim of the game is to assist a friendly alien called Scottie, whose spaceship malfunctioned and crash-landed on Earth. By programming Scottie’s moves, you can help him collect the missing parts for his spaceship in which he’ll be able to return home.

Which competences are developed when playing Scottie Go!?

Soft competences:

• concentration

• planning

• improved spacial orientation

• ability to tell left from right in a short time

• groupwork and communication

Mathematical and computer-related competences:

• analytical thinking

• performing simple mathematical calculations

• writing, understanding and interpreting algorithms

• understanding, interpreting and creating sequences of commands

• understanding the notions of a digit and a number

• calculations: addition, multiplication, division

• understanding the basic notions related to programming: parameters, loops, nested loops, variables, conditional expressions, functions, etc.

• understanding a coordinate system (interpreting simple vectors)

Will there be any other parts of Scottie Go!

A few versions of the game that are already available include: Scottie Go! magnetic tiles, Scottie Go BASIC, and Scottie Go! Space Coding. We’re working on new versions that are going to hit the market soon. The first of these will be Scottie Go! Labyrinth with a dedicated application that will initiate the Scottie Go! Adventures series.

More about other versions of ScottieGo!:

Scottie Go! Magnetic Tiles

Scottie Go! Magnetic Tiles can help teachers to present the fundamentals of programming to their pupils. The kit features 47 large, magnetic tiles that can be used to illustrate the basics of algorithm building, the notions of a parameter, a loop and/or nested loops. The tiles allow you to construct solutions for the first 24 quests for Scottie Go! Edu. Scottie Go! Magnetic Tiles is compatible with the Scottie Go! App.

Scottie Go! BASIC

Scottie’s adventures for the youngest programmers. A board game to teach and learn programming for kids as young as 4 allows them to code with no need to use either a mobile device or a computer. Scottie Go! BASIC features enlarged tiles, special tokens, challenge cards and counters. It allows the players and a teacher to create their own gameplay, improve teamwork skills and use algorithms along the way. Scottie Go! BASIC might be used to encourage pupils to move in the classroom and be creative. It was developed in cooperation with teachers specialising in early and pre-school education. Scottie Go! BASIC can be used both with the ScottieGo! Edu App or without it.

Scottie Go! Space Coding

Scottie Go! Space Coding is an excellent introduction to teaching and learning programming and mathematical thinking. The set features an educational mat, special tokens, and 53 magnetic tiles to construct algorithms.

The educational mat stimulates pupils’ movement, creativity and imagination. Scottie Go! Space Coding is compatible with the Scottie Go! Edu App.

Can various versions of Scottie Go! be used independently of one another?

Yes. Each education version of Scottie Go! is compatible with the same Scottie Go! Edu App. Scottie Go! Home version is compatible with the Scottie Go! App. Each version of the game is an independent educational resource.

2. Where can I buy Scottie Go!?

Education version

https://scottiego.com/en/scottiego/edu/distributors/

https://scottiego.active.pl/gb/scottiego/8-scottiego.html

Home version

https://scottiego.com/en/scottiego/home/where-to-buy/

Scottie Go! Starter Mini contains a promo code to use when purchasing the full version of Scottie Go! – the home version (in Polish language only).

If you have any questions, use our contact form at: https://scottiego.active.pl/pl/kontakt or email us at: kontakt@scottiego.pl or contact@scottiego.pl

3. Scottie Go! application

Where and how can I download the Scottie Go! App?

You can download our app directly from our website or from your dedicated platform store:

• From our website at https://scottiego.com/en:

In case of the education version – Scottie Go! Edu

https://scottiego.com/en/edu-scottiego/download

In case of – Scottie Go! Labyrinth

https://scottiego.com/en/home-labyrinth/download

In case of the home version (Polish language only) – Scottie Go!

https://scottiego.com/en/home-scottiego/download

• From you dedicated platform store:

Google Play, Apple - choose your version: Scottie Go! Edu (education version), Scottie Go! (home version) or Scottie Go! Labyrinth.

NOTE: In case of computers with Windows 7 or higher operating system (only Scottie Go! Edu or Scottie Go! Home application) download the application installation file from:
https://scottiego.com/en/edu-scottiego/download

To download our game application, you need to have your own account at your respective platform store.

License

Without entering your licence number, the game app remains a trial version. This means you will be able to use it for 3 days and solve the first 4 quests in the first module.

You will find the licence number for your app on a separate sheet of paper inside the Scottie Go! box.

To enter the licence code, just run the app or tap the button with a key inside the app.

Do I need to have Internet access to use the app with Scottie Go! tiles?

The app runs in an offline mode. Internet access is required only during installation and when activating the licence code.

5. Camera and scanning programs

What should I do if, while trying to scan the tiles, the app fails to recognise the tiles or recognises only some of the tiles?

There are two scanning modes in the app:

1. Video-camera (top right-hand corner of the screen in the scanning mode). It’s the default mode for scanning and recording tiles, but you can switch between modes any time to improve the scanning results.

2. Still-camera

In video-camera mode just scroll your device over the tiles you want to scan, not too high, and then check the accuracy of the recorded tiles.

Additional tips:

• You can try moving your device up and down, which will help the camera to focus.

• Make sure the room where the scanning takes place is well lit.

• Always use the primary camera on your device. It has the best quality and it’s usually the back-facing camera.

• The board on which you can assemble the tiles has two sides - white and grey. Make sure you use the white side in poor lighting conditions, whereas in extremely well-lit spaces use the grey side.

• Make sure there is always enough memory space on your device for the Scottie Go! app to function properly!

In case of Android devices: if the app can recognise only some tiles while scanning, make sure you calibrate your camera. In order to do that choose”Settings” from the Main Menu, then choose ”Calibrate camera” and follow the on-screen prompts.

What should I do if, while scanning the program, the camera fails to cover all the tiles on the game board?

As you progress in the game, the level of difficulty increases along with the number of tiles that should be used to complete quests, so it’s important to switch to video-camera mode when scanning the program. Make sure you intuitively try to move the camera field of view over the assembled tiles until they all appear on the screen. When finished, scroll the program on the screen and then run it on your device.

When completing the final quests in the game that require using functions, make sure you start with building and scanning functions (A, B, C) and then build, scan and run the program in which those functions are called. In one quest you can have the maximum of three functions and one program that utilises them.

How can I play the game on a desktop or laptop computer?

• You need to attach a webcam with autofocus and minimum 2 Mpix resolution. You also need Windows 7 operating system or higher.

• The types and configuration of the webcams differ a lot, so we recommend testing the device before the purchase.

• Due to the quality of graphics cards, older computers may experience problems with webcams. Solving a problem like this may require separate tests that are performed on the user’s computer remotely with the user’s consent.

• An ideal solution is to use computers with detachable screen, the so called 2 in 1.

• We do not recommend using the built-in laptop camera as it requires turning the device which makes it hard to see if the program has been scanned correctly.

The app fails to recognise the camera or the screen gets black?

Older devices may not support the new game update, so we prepared older versions of the game and drivers available for download under the links below:

EDU version for Windows 1.2.6b

https://owncloud.man.poznan.pl/index.php/s/0Fvh360yWyUpC7K

HOME version for Windows 1.1.6 b.

https://owncloud.man.poznan.pl/index.php/s/udqmEKq6LdT60kA

What should I do if the app displays a warning that the scanned tiles belong to the version of the game that is not suitable for the app I use?

• Scan the program again or restart the app. If nothing else works, re-install the app. Make sure you choose the correct version: the Scottie Go! App in case of the home version; Scottie Go! Edu in case of the education version).

• Make sure the reverse side of the tile contains a correct description or if there is no description at all. In the education version there is the word ”EDU” on the reverse side of each tile.

• Make sure you are not scanning some tiles that might be scattered on the game board within the camera field of view and that do not belong to the scanned program.

6. How to use a Scottie Go! kit?

What is the player’s minimum age?

Thanks to graphics and description-based communication, Scottie Go! can be played both by children who can already read and those who can’t read yet. Even a 4-5 year old player can recognise short commands such as begin, turn to the left etc.

The youngest players should play the first quests with the support of an adult person. Scottie Go! BASIC is the version of the game that is ideally suited for kids as young as four.

Scottie Go! Edu is an ideal choice for elementary school students.

What is the recommended number of players for the game?

The game can be played individually or in teams - we recommend two players per one kit. In this way the game will facilitate not only algorithmic and programming competences but also communication between players related to cooperation.

What is the optimal number of mobile devices to scan programs?

The optimal number of devices to scan the tiles depends on where and how the game is used.

At home: one device (tablet computer, a smartphone or a computer with a webcam)

At school: at least one device per one class (min. 5/10 game kits) with paper work charts/progress charts and guidelines for teachers available for download at https://scottiego.com/en/education

Media centres, community centres, libraries, individual classes, etc.: one device per each game kit.

At school the one device per class model allows your students to work in teams. The teacher displays game objectives or other tips on the wall or interactive whiteboard using a multimedia projector. Pupils participating in the lesson can read the in-game instructions, build their programs using tiles from their game kits and then check their solution using the device and work cards provided by their teacher. You can find a detailed description of this work model at www.scottiego.com/education in the Education/Materials tab.

7. Education versus Home version of Scottie Go!

There are two versions of Scottie Go! The home version features 61 quests in 7 modules, whereas the education version comprises 91 quests in 10 modules.

On how many devices can I install the game?

Scottie Go! Edu can be installed on three devices. The home version can be installed on two devices.

Which version of the app should I use at home and which version should I use at school?

Home users should download and use the Scottie Go! app. Soon, we will also release the Scottie Go! Labirynth app. Schools and educational institutions should download and use the Scottie Go! Edu app.

Scottie Go! education version - benefits and functionality

Education version of the game (Scottie Go! Edu) gives you access to:

• A range of accompanying materials, including educational materials and solutions, lesson scenarios, syllabi, descriptions of implementations, etc. The downloads are available at: https://scottiego.com/flatsg/edu-scottiego/teaching-aids

• To access the materials for teachers, enter the licence code for your game (the code that you will find inside the game box).

• A special "Teacher” account.

• High quality quest description charts that you may use to create work cards for your students or that you may display for your pupils during your classes

• Networking and support through Scottie Go! School Clubs on Facebook.

NOTE: If you use Scottie Go! in an educational institution, we recommend that you mark each separate game kit (the box and the tiles) with a different colour or symbol before playing the game for the first time.

Can tiles from the education version of the game be used with the app dedicated to the home version and vice versa?

No. Sets of tiles are prepared for the respective version of the game and they must not be mixed. If you use the wrong version of the app and tiles, the game will inform you about that. In order to avoid losing or mixing the tiles up, never mix up tiles that belong to various sets.

The Scottie Go! app is compatible with the tiles from the following sets: Scottie Go (home version), Scottie Go starter mini.

The Scottie Go! Edu app is compatible with the tiles from the following sets: Scottie Go! (education version), Scottie Go! BASIC,  Scottie Go! Magnetic Tiles, Scottie Go! Starter mini Edu.

In addition, there is a separate product called Scottie Go! Basic tiles. The tiles from this set are compatible both with the educational and the home version. They can only be used to test the Scottie Go! and Scottie Go! Edu apps during the first four quests in the first module.

Can I upgrade the game licence from the home version to education version?

It’s not possible to change the licence from the home version to education version or the other way round.

Can I unlock all the game levels in the education version of the game?

Yes, just create a teacher profile.

When creating accounts, you can also choose to start the game from the module of your choice.

8. Tiles and the box

What should I do if some of the tiles get missing?

If some of the tiles from your kit get missing or damaged, you can buy them at Buy additional Scottie Go! tiles here.

I can’t find the BEGIN/END tile in my box.

Those tiles might have fallen out of their slots and are hidden between the paper overlay and the plastic tray inside the box.

9. Complaints

Complaints related to the product, including the game box, can be made to the game seller within 12 months from the date of purchase. Remember to supply a detailed explanation, description of your complaint, a proof of purchase.

The licence code is part of the game and it undergoes the same regulations as the product itself. Should you lose your licence code, you can generate a new one on the basis of a shop receipt or invoice within 12 months from the date of purchase.

You can read the detailed information related to our refund and complaint policy at the following link

10. Contact information

In case you failed to find the answer to your question in this file, please email us!

Polish version of the game and app: kontakt@scottiego.pl

English and other foreign language versions of the game: contact@scottiego.com