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.
An initiative of Microsoft Philanthropies, TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) helps high schools throughout the United States and in British Columbia, Canada, build and grow sustainable computer science programs. TEALS pairs trained computer science professionals from across the technology industry with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science.
Nancy Drew Codes and CluesMystery Game sparks an interest in coding, especially for girls, through a fun and engaging story. The mystery adventure also builds critical thinking and reading skills, as students read along with story dialogue. As members of Nancy Drew’s De-TECH-Tive crew, players choose disguises, find clues, and program a robot puppy to solve the mystery of a missing project at the Tech Fair.
“Coding, the Musical,“ by TechSpaghetti, is a freeinteractive app designed for iOS mobile devices that introduces children aged 4–8, specifically girls, to coding as they create characters and build musical story worlds.