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. Powered by CoderZ, an online STEM education program using virtual robots, the tournament is cloud-based, can be accessed from any computer, and uses simulations of virtual 3D robots that perform complex tasks and missions. By learning to program and strategizing their virtual robot to participate, students compete within their class, grade, school, district, and state to progress to the finals. Schools can participate for a modest fee that includes engagement in the tournament over six weeks (bootcamp, competition, and qualifiers); three hours of teacher orientation and training; class, school, and state leaderboards; in-school finals; finals participation; and awards and prizes for champions.
In smaller rural schools, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can face troublesome barriers. In our K–12 district of 730 students, we have many of the common obstacles, including limited funds, no extra faculty, and an already overloaded class schedule. These three join arms to block us from using any of the really cool programs we’d like to. Other institutions sing praises of cutting-edge programs and share their successes. Meanwhile, rural schools are trying to figure out how to educate equally deserving kids in STEM.
Google’s Kick Start challenge offers coders around the world the chance to develop and hone their programing skills through online-hosted competition rounds. The three-hour rounds feature a variety of algorithmic challenges, all developed by Google engineers so that students get a sense of the technical skills needed for a career at Google.