Virtual Robotics and Coding Competition That Empowers STEM for All
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. Neither teachers nor students need prior coding or robotics knowledge to participate. Students will compete on the CoderZ Cyber Robotics Learning Environment, a cloud-based platform featuring a graphical simulation of LEGO MindStorms EV3 robots. The online platform has a coding interface where users can activate a virtual robot, or “cyber-robot,” and watch the results in a real-time simulation. Teachers and schools can sign up to join the event any time before October 7, 2019, which is the start date for the boot camps.
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.