The Robotizenapp for iOS and Android teaches children aged 4–9 the basics of computer programming and robotics through a variety of interactive learning activities in an interesting story. The app is inspired by visual programming languages such as Scratch from MIT, Alice from Carnegie Mellon, and other “beginner” programming languages (for example, Logo, SmallTalk, and Squeak). The word-free interface allows anyone, anywhere to play. Children master core computer science concepts such as sequencing, algorithmic thinking, debugging, and looping. To be successful, children must determine the actions needed to solve each problem in story mode. They order actions in a logical sequence, recognize patterns, and use those patterns to make their code more efficient. Then they test their solutions, fix issues from the test results, retest the solutions, and finally optimize the solutions for better results. Teachers, librarians, and verified nonprofit educational institutions may download the app, which is available from Mage Studio at no charge. In-app purchases ($1.99/item) are offered.
The Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) is an online tournament for students of all levels to participate in and learn about STEM, coding, robotics, and technology career paths. CRCC enables teachers, schools, and districts to engage students with technology and develop STEM awareness while they compete in the gamelike competition.
CoderZ has kicked off registration for the third annual Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) for students in grades 5–8. This online coding and robotics tournament enables schools, districts, and afterschool programs and clubs to engage students in STEM learning by using game-based competitions that are both safe and fun.