It's not so much you "can't" pass it as you "don't" pass it. There is no input element whose name attribute is "name".
After edit: from the screenshot, you should notice it's using a "get" method because, well it says so, and there is a the query string. You'll either need to add a method="post" attribute to the form element, or test for a GET and look at ...
While I'm not staff, I can tell you that the idea of the final project is to do some non-trivial project using any modern programming tools and environments. So, IMHO, yes, it's perfectly acceptable to do your project as you've suggested!
Of course, you're welcome to contact staff too. @curiouskiwi, want to weigh in?