Enter the Light Trail Competition

Create a Light Installation Design for Chelmsford’s Civic Centre!

Our Public Competition is open to all ages. You can enter as a group or as an individual. We’re looking for thoughtful responses to the theme of Lockdown Loss and Future Hope. We are looking for a design drawing which will get people’s attention. You design it. Local Artists (and Coders?) will make it.

‘Your Design Drawing Needs…’

  • To clearly link to the theme of ‘Lockdown Loss and Future Hope’
  • To show that it will made out of recycled or recyclable materials
  • To include coded elements. This could be through led strips or servos – please use the worksheets above for instruction and inspiration


  • Remember: You don’t need a Microbit or any hardware to enter the competition

  • You can do all coding for your design FREE online with the simulator https://makecode.microbit.org/

  • Site dimensions: Measurements in your drawing should be no larger than 1 meter 33 cm wide and 2 meters high

We will cover the costs of the hardware for the BBC Microbit, we may also be able to cover some small costs of materials needed (under £50) – but try to use recyclables as much as possible.

Deadline is midnight on Monday the 21st of December.

Simply send the saved code for your idea and your final design drawing with notes on hardware with a subject line of Light TrailCompetition to: adrian@ideashubchelmsford.org

3 designs will be shortlisted and put out for a public vote! The winning design will be announced in the first week of January. Good Luck!