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.
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is the ultimate STEM contest for sixth- through twelfth-grade public schools, and now applying is easier than ever: first create an account (so you can be notified if you win); then provide your school information in the online form; and finally answer two simple questions. That’s it. You have applied for a chance to win a share of $3 million for your classroom!
Learning to code is about learning how to solve problems, work with others in creative ways, and think in a new language. Teaching children with autism employs the same skills—creating logical connections, breaking tasks into smaller parts and sequencing them—but it is also much more. Teaching children with autism to code is teaching them the thinking skills they need to address the challenges they face in their everyday lives—to frame their thoughts, to prompt them through routines, and more.
Autism Coding Academy
Coding Autism is building the first autism-specialized coding academy, pairing online coding education, community, and an autism-savvy support team to help transition autistic talent into the technology workforce.
Coding Guide for Children on the Spectrum Coding for Kids with Autism: The Ultimate Guide for Parents and Educators offers answers to some of the most common questions the authors have encountered while operating a successful coding school serving hundreds of children on the autism spectrum.
The National Center for Women and Information Technology sponsors the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC), which honors ninth- through twelfth-grade girls and women for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions.