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Up to 60 WV Middle Schoolers to Advance to Final Round in Cyber Robotics Coding Competition

Virtual robotics coding event sponsored by NASA IV&V ERC, Oracle Academy, A3L Federal Works, Fairmont State University, CoderZ, and the Intelitek STEM & CTE Education Foundation

DERRY, N.H. – May 15, 2018 – Students from middle schools across West Virginia are gearing up for the final round of their Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC), a program that provides students and educators with the opportunity to build coding-robotics skills for real or virtual 3D robots. On May 17, those finalists will gather at the Fairmont State University (FSU) campus for a coding faceoff and an awards ceremony. NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Educator Resource Center, FSU, A3L Federal Works and the Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation (ISCEF) partnered to launch this spring version of CRCC in West Virginia.

To date, more than 30,000 students all over the world have participated in CRCC events. The West Virginia event attracted 2,271 students as participants. After completing both the boot camp and the week of code phases – the 15 top schools were selected to compete in the finals.

“The competition takes robotics and leverages it into the coding world – such an important aspect of STEM,” said Todd I. Ensign, Ed.D., the program manager for the NASA IV&V Educator Resource Center and a geoscience lecturer at FSU. Ensign was responsible for the outreach that resulted in the current spring event. “The schools and students who can best strategize, plan and complete the multi-level challenges will be the coding champions.”

Up to four students from each school will compete in the Finals, coding through fifteen missions during the first 90-minute phase and a three-part mission in the subsequent 60-minute second phase. Awards will be presented for performance and student participation ratios.

“Our aim, through these CRCC events is to get educators and students excited about STEM through coding robotics and computer science and lower the apprehension many have regarding coding, robotics and technology in general,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek. “These events not only recognize schools and teachers investing in STEM but help build collaboration between state education boards and companies specializing in, and supporting, STEM.”

Additional CRCC competitions are in the works for the fall in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Nevada and Maryland. For more information on the competitions go to http://iscefoundation.org/cyber-robotics-coding-competition or contact Joshua Schuler, Director of CRCC at ISCEF at jschuler@iscefoundation.org.

About CRCC

The first-of-its-kind Cyber Robotics Coding Competition CRCC created by ISCEF and is supported by Intelitek and Oracle Academy, Oracle’s free educational program that advances computer science education globally. The online competition is designed to be interactive and exciting as participants learn how robots work and expand their knowledge of STEM careers. Competitors undertake their missions on Intelitek’s CoderZ Cyber Robotics Learning Environment, a cloud-based platform featuring a graphical simulation of LEGO robotics kits. The innovative, online platform has a coding interface where users between 6th and 12th grade can activate a virtual robot, or “cyber-robot,” and watch the results in a real-time simulation.

Students and teachers need no prior coding or robotics knowledge. The events include professional development and training for teachers and boot camp activities in which students learn and practice intensively from any Chrome computer browser. The missions are self-directed, and individual students can progress at their own pace. In the West Virginia event, students went from boot camp activities to a Week of Code event that was held in the first part of May and featured 21 challenges.

Competitions range in size from 20 to hundreds of schools and can be held over several weeks or at a one-day event. The finals can be a weeklong online competition and/or a face-to-face codeathon. An entire school can participate in a competition, and no special hardware is required. Participation is supported by sponsorships.

Parties interested in organizing Cyber Robotics Competitions for their school, district or state can contact ISCEF at info@iscefoundation.org.

About Intelitek

Intelitek has been transforming education and bringing robotics into classrooms across the globe through comprehensive technology learning solutions for more than 30 years. The Company’s innovative tools and technologies empower instructors and inspire students to improve the world around them. Intelitek’s sustainable support and professional development ensure the continued success of educational programs. By helping deliver the competencies needed for in-demand careers, Intelitek is producing results for students, teachers, nations, and economies.

About Oracle Academy

As Oracle’s flagship philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computer science education globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields, offering a free and complete portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, faculty trainings, support, and certification resources. Supporting more than 3.5 million students annually in 120 countries, the program works with public and private partners to provide the tools educators need to engage, inspire and prepare students to become innovators and leaders of the future. Through Oracle Academy, students receive hands-on experience with the latest technologies, helping to make them college and career ready in the era of big data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and beyond, please visit us at academy.oracle.com.

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Intelitek Sponsors NH Cyber Robotics Coding Competition

New Hampshire Department of Education and Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation (ISCEF) Join Forces to announce the NH Cyber Robotics Coding Challenge.

Oct 17, Derry, NH – Intelitek are excited to announce co-sponsorship in the launch of the New Hampshire – Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (NH-CRCC). Open to all middle schools and high schools in New Hampshire, this virtual robotics competition gives  students the opportunity to experience coding and robotics first hand.
The NH-CRCC recognizes inclusiveness and diversity in STEM education, capitalizing on this opportunity and get as many students involved as possible.

“This event perfectly complements other work being done in NH to promote and support K-12 STEM education, including our Robotics Education initiative and our work to broaden participation in Engineering and Computer Science,” said Frank Edelblut, Commissioner. “We are excited to work with a NH-based company that is doing so much for K-12 education.”

“Robotics and coding is a pathway to industry in the 21st century,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek in Derry, NH. “The CRCC Competition, combined with the gaming like interface of CoderZ makes coding and robotics fun. We expect to see the New Hampshire students loving this new approach to learning math, science, technology and engineering and are proud to work with our local schools on this event.”

Schools can sign up all grades and the competition will kick off on October 30th with a Webinar / PD session.CRCC-NHPic-03

The main competitive event will be an online competition taking place during Computer Science Week (December 4-10). This will all culminate on December 19th with face-to-face finals to compete for the Governor’s Award and award ceremony for all category winners.
For school registration and additional information please visit: http://iscefoundation.org/nh-crcc


Bridging the gap between schools and enterprises

Cooperation between Huangpu District Development Zone accelerator, Intelitek and Guangdong Zhongzhu Robot Co., Ltd

September 27 –  The Intelitek “smart plant training system” was officially launched in Guangzhou Development Zone accelerator. The system is jointly developed by Guangdong Institute of Robotics and Guangdong Zhongzhu Robot Co., Ltd., and is also one of the key projects in Guangzhou in cooperation with intelligent equipment.

Link to original article in Chinese – http://www.hkcd.com/content/2017-09/27/content_1066427.html

It aims to solve the demand of talent in the IAB program problem. It is reported that the introduction of the “wisdom factory training system” has a complete industrial equipment, through the simulation of a set of automated production processes, flexible to carry out “training equipment, teaching courses and 3D simulation” trinity of mixed teaching mode, To help teachers to complete the true sense of the integration of teaching training objectives.

Using the Internet teaching platform, the use of e-learning programs to achieve custom learning management system structures and curriculum content delivery, so that students through the work of the situation set, continuous exercise learning. After working on the job, may be skilled in the operation of the robot, the rapid growth of intelligent manufacturing field of “knowledge + practice + innovation” advanced technology talent, has been in the United States, Switzerland, Germany, Britain, Russia, France, South Korea, Japan More than 40 countries of the university, vocational college, secondary school to be applied.

According to Xu Qiang, head of China Guangdong Robot Co., Ltd., the training system has developed a training course which is in line with the domestic automated production process, and with the South China University of Technology, Guangzhou Panyu Vocational and Technical College, Guangzhou Railway Vocational and Technical College, Guangzhou Engineering Vocational and Technical College and the Guangzhou Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Technician and other institutions to discuss the curriculum cooperation matters.

Next, the two sides will also jointly introduce Intelitek in the automotive manufacturing, industrial maintenance, STEM education and other areas for training system.

2017-09-27
Source: Hong Kong Business Network
[Hong Kong Commercial Daily Reuters report]


EdTechTimes Posts Intelitek Article

Can Today’s Students Succeed at the Jobs of Tomorrow?

Will the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence in the workplace eventually rob today’s students of tomorrow’s careers? The question has become a growing concern among experts and researchers in the education and technology arena. In fact, earlier this month, a survey from the Pew Research Center of 1,408 experts in the field found that a full one-third of them believed that education systems would not evolve enough within the next 10 years to prepare workers for future jobs.   Read the Article


CoderZ for STEM

Intelitek® Launches CoderZ™; Announces Compatibility with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3

The CoderZ online learning environment uses virtual robots to enhance K-12 STEM education and advance the gamification of learning in a scalable, affordable way

May 10, 2017 Derry, NH – Intelitek, a global leader in comprehensive technology learning solutions, has announced the official launch of CoderZ, an online learning environment that empowers students, worldwide to learn how to program virtual and real robots within the STEM pathways.

Discovering innovative ways to engage today and tomorrow’s generations of learners in STEM-related fields becomes a bigger challenge everyday. “Robotics is a great way to introduce STEM into the classroom. While traditional robotics programs require a large upfront investment in equipment and teacher training, CoderZ delivers robotics, coding, and STEM to every student through a cyber-robot learning environment that is scalable, affordable, and accessible.” says Oren Elias, General Manager of CoderZ at Intelitek

CoderZ is also now compatible with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 so students can experience how their code is put into action using a robot. LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 enables students to build, program, and test their solutions based on real-life robotics technology.

CoderZ enables students to program their own cyber-robot while acquiring 21st-century skills. Exciting, built-in gamified missions motivate kids to accomplish challenges to acquire new skills and knowledge. Starting with a friendly drag-and-drop visual editor, kids can progress to code their virtual robot using text-based programming languages, regardless of their prior coding experience.

CoderZ is browser-based, meaning that kids can code their cyber-robot anytime, anywhere, inside or outside the classroom, supporting new teaching concepts including flipped classrooms. The learning environment also provides class management tools for teachers, coaches, and mentors, to track each student’s progress and activity in real time.

Intelitek offers teacher training through Professional Development workshops, specialized STEM webinars, and integrated curriculum materials. CoderZ is delivered with classroom curricula that be used either self-paced or teacher-led. The Product and supporting materials are available both in English and Spanish. The Company is offering a 14-day free trial of its CoderZ learning environment available at goCoderZ.com.

CoderZ is a scalable and effective way for every student to experience the world of STEM and robotics to prepare for the challenges of the 21st century. This provides an equal opportunity for kids to acquire problem-solving skills and develop computational and critical thinking.

About Intelitek

Intelitek has been transforming education and bringing robotics into classrooms across the globe through comprehensive technology learning solutions for more than 30 years. The Company’s innovative tools and technologies empower instructors and inspire students to improve the world around them. Intelitek’s sustainable support and professional development ensure the continued success of educational programs. By helping deliver the competencies needed for in-demand careers, Intelitek is producing results for students, teachers, nations, and economies.

 

CoderZ is available online at goCoderZ.com


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