CoderZ League (formerly Cyber Robotics Coding Competition) is an exciting, engaging, and entertaining virtual robotics competition for students of all levels to participate in and learn about STEM, robotics, and coding, and to ignite their technology career paths. CoderZ League is cloud-based, can be accessed from any computer, and uses simulations of virtual 3D robots that perform complex tasks and missions. Using strategizing, collaboration, and acquired programming techniques, students compete within their team, class, school, district, and state to win stages and progress to the finals. CoderZ League Junior is ideal for beginning coders, schools new to CoderZ League, and students in grades 5–8; CoderZ League Pro is intended for students in grades 7–12, although students in any grade level can participate in either League. CoderZ League is available for teams across the globe, from a small group of up to five students to an entire school. Students work together and earn points as a team based on their achievements. Participants can purchase access to training material and recommended courses, which will be available until December 2020. The competition officially begins with an opening round on October 15, 2020. Phases will be released at various intervals, culminating in a final round scheduled for December (specific date to be announced).
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Developed by researchers at TERC and Tuft University’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), the Designing Biomimetic Robots curriculum challenges middle school students to learn about biomimicry by interweaving engineering, biology, robotics, and computer programming concepts through a series of engaging and practical tasks.
NASA has been landing rovers on the surface of Mars since the late 1990s, including the Curiosity rover in 2012 and the Perseverance rover in 2021. The Rover Coder simulates driving a rover on Mars while serving as an introduction to basic coding.