MSA High School

Microsoft Student Accelerator for High School Students in New Zealand!
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Next Steps
We have wrapped up 2016! Stay tuned for more details on the 2017 programme. You can still access the resources below.
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We closely work with school students and teachers across New Zealand to help students realise the potential of working in the ICT Industry.

We do this by holding various workshops, sessions, representing at events, running competitions at multiple events!

We also do this by building multiple short training courses that focus on quick learning and tangible outcomes. You can view our latest Game Development course below or on Channel 9.

If you are a teacher, you can host and run this course at your school. More information here!
All the videos in the Game Development Series are listed below.



1. Layout

Learn about Construct 2 and its layout.

2. Sprites

Learn about the images and animations.

3. Scrolling

Add a scrolling background.

4. Platforms

Add platforms in your game.

5. Obstacles

Add obstacles in your game.

6. Character

Add the 'Hero' player to your game.

7. Scoring

Implement scoring for your game.

8. Screens

Add Start and End screens to your game.

9. DreamSpark

Activate DreamSpark to get free access to Microsoft's tools, services and cloud platform.

10. Publishing

Publish your game as a website onto Microsoft Azure.

11. Extra Features

Optional Video that talks about the additional features that you could add to the game.

Teachers across New Zealand are encouraged to run the Game Development training material in their classes. We have designed a framework that can be used by a teacher to deliver workshops in-class.

To help you or your school get started with the MSA high school initiative, we have DreamSpark codes and stickers to send your way.

Please read this Teacher's briefing document.

For any queries, teachers should email
Program Schedule (2016)
  • 24th February

    Imagine Cup Junior competition gets launched.
  • February to March

    Students and Teachers to start delivering and consuming content with the help of the videos created by the MSA Crew.
  • 18th March

    Competition ends at 11:59pm on 18th March 2016.
  • 23rd March

    Winners announced at the MSA Showcase event hosted at Auckland Town Hall.