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Intelitek and Yaskawa Partner to deliver Robotics to the Education Market and Industry 4.0 Certifications

The new partnership will support and advance a best-in-class industry 4.0 workforce through advanced robotic training and technology solutions for the education market

DERRY, N.H. – (Dec. 2, 2019) – Through a new partnership with Yaskawa America Inc., Motoman Robotics Division (Yaskawa), Intelitek is now the official and exclusive distribution channel for Yaskawa’s robotic workforce training solutions for the STEM education market. Through this strategic partnership, Intelitek and Yaskawa will promote and grow the use of industrial robotics for career and technology education in secondary and postsecondary institutions.

“Intelitek and Yaskawa will collaborate not only on delivering robotic equipment to the education market, but also to introduce training, curriculum, train-the-trainer programs and certifications for students in engineering and manufacturing programs across the country,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek.

Both companies will exhibit together at ACTE CareerTech Vision 2019 in Anaheim on December 5 and 6 where they will emphasize the partnership and the strong dealer network they have across the United States and Canada.

Intelitek, a leader in CTE education worldwide, was a pioneer in industrial robotic training and education. For over 25 years, Intelitek has produced and delivered educational robots and simulation software that is used together with their curriculum in classrooms across the globe. For some years, Intelitek has partnered with Yaskawa, using Yaskawa industrial robots to complement their education robot solutions.

This partnership allows Intelitek to offer several Yaskawa educational solutions, including select Motoman® robots for educational training workcells, the EduCart robotic training platform, MotoSim Touch and MotoSim EG-VRC for Education. MotoSim Touch is a PC-based offline programming environment that allows students to toggle between a virtual pendant and a physical robot teach pendant. MotoSim EG-VRC allows students to learn programming and modeling of industrial robots in a safe, simulated 3D environment.

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. For more information go to: www.intelitek.com.

About Yaskawa

Founded in 1989, the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. is a leading robotics company in the Americas. With over 450,000 Motoman® robots installed globally, Yaskawa provides automation products and solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application; including arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal, packaging, palletizing and spot welding. For more information please visit our website at www.motoman.com or call 937.847.6200.

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Industry 4.0 Intelitek Yaskawa

Micro Credentialing for a Stronger Workforce

From the Yaskawa Blog
The shocking truth for many business leaders today is that for robotic automation to reach its full potential it requires a skilled, human component. While a host of convergent technologies and more capable yet affordable robots are now efficiently accomplishing dull, dirty and dangerous tasks with greater ease, efficiency and safety, harnessing the perceived productivity gains of the future will only come to fruition if people have the necessary skill sets to work alongside robots and advanced machinery.
 
Thanks to Industry 4.0 and the rapid pace of technological change, job responsibilities are evolving, and the primary capabilities needed to fulfill industrial tasks are shifting as a result. Moreover, as advancements in automation and digitization permeate the industrial landscape, there will continue to be a dichotomy between existing worker skill sets and the knowledge needed to operate robotic systems and other advanced technologies. So much so, that 62 percent of executives from diverse industries confirm that retraining employees to work with robots is a top priority over the next three years. As a result, many businesses are budgeting for upskilling their current employees, while creating corporate roadmaps to prepare today’s students for the workforce of the future.
 
Upskilling and Micro Credentialing
The majority of manufacturers understand that insufficient training – where robotic integration is concerned – can paralyze operations, hindering productivity. To push forward into Manufacturing 5.0, where the human touch and robotic technology work in harmony to function at peak performance, there must be a dedicated effort on multiple fronts to enhance current career pathways and to provide adequate industrial education that enables the next-generation workforce.
 
Despite a greater focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and workforce development over the last few years, a greater adoption for the “we need to be ready now” mentality still needs happen. Instead of manufacturers having to play “catch-up” once a robot is installed on the factory floor, a concentrated effort to create a talent pipeline more in-line with unique production initiatives must be made. This will take dedicated involvement from industry leaders  to define and promote the skills required for future success, and it will also require a strong commitment from educational institutions to create educational roadmaps for students and provide the necessary training tools to learn the relevant skills.
 
While high-level certification training methods, like hands-on robot classes at Yaskawa Academy, are still very much needed to upskill workers for robotic integration and operation, a growing focus is being placed on the concept of micro credentialing. A deviation from traditional robot training, this “plug and play” approach to education combines Industry 4.0 technologies and processes with usable soft skills, breaking normal skill sets into smaller more usable pieces. Often less time-consuming, this form of blended learning offers an eclectic mix of hands-on, online and classroom instruction, where upon completion, students earn “digital badges” for each subset of knowledge learned.  

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Image: Education Week
 
A New Manufacturing Ecosystem
In essence, this combination of technology and training is creating a new manufacturing ecosystem, where the best possible educational experience for students can take place. Moreover, leading automation companies are changing how manufacturing needs are being met, creating strategic partnerships and encouraging other businesses to follow suit.
 
For example, instead of a reactive approach to training, Yaskawa Motoman experts are collaborating with other leading automation and technology companies (i.e., Cognex, Festo, Miller®, etc.) to create new educational distribution models, specific skill-based training blueprints and more. These valuable resources aid schools and prompt educational leaders to answer tough questions like, “Do you have all of the right tools and technology on site?” and “Do you have a roadmap on how to blend skills to train students?”
 
These collaborative partnerships not only help schools create learning roadmaps, but also, they foster an atmosphere for innovation, supporting new product growth for workforce-based Industry 4.0 systems. Yaskawa’s recent partnership and Industry 4.0 collaboration with Intelitek® – a world-leading STEM and education manufacturing developer, producer and supplier of workforce training solutions – has expanded our combined educational robotics products to over 19 configurations featuring Yaskawa robots for material handling welding and collaborative applications. Hundreds of curriculum models and training certifications have also come to fruition, bolstering micro credentialing efforts.
 
Driving Change Across the Board
While across the board change that permeates the entire manufacturing sector will be hard, there is a general acceptance that it is vital to reach future industry goals and projected productivity gains. A key catalyst for driving this change is for manufacturers to actively collaborate with the education community and workforce development partners at the local and state level, ensuring that there is a cohesive effort to align education and industry. Ultimately, as this movement takes root, emergent customer demands will be met head-on with greater ease and efficiency.
 
Events like the upcoming ACTE CareerTech Vision Expo in Anaheim, California (December 4-6, 2019) continue to fuel optimism for the future of the robotics industry and workforce development. Stop by booth #807 to learn more about Yaskawa’s partnership with Intelitek and the educational tools and resources available to best prepare students for the manufacturing careers of the future.Bob Graff is a Senior Sales Manager, Education at Yaskawa America Inc. – Motoman Robotics Division


5 Must Haves when Implementing an Industry 4.0 Training Program

There are quite a few considerations to take into account when adopting and implementing an Industry 4.0 training program. Over the past several months, Intelitek has been working together with state and federal organizations, such as ARM (Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing) and the OMA (Ohio Manufacturers Association), that are bringing together industrial companies, colleges, workforce development boards and others to agree on the needs of Industry 4.0 training.

Below are five points that were widely viewed as of the highest importance.

Before we jump in, a preliminary comment: Many vendors use ‘Industry 4.0’ as a marketing gimmick. Adding the words ‘industry 4.0’ to the name of a product or curriculum, does not make it relevant per se. We recommend you make sure that the program you adopt is more than a buzzword and is backed by a widely recognized body such as ARM or OMA.

Here are the must haves:

  1. Industry Grade: if you are going to learn and be certified, you might as well do it on the real thing. This does not mean you cannot use educational tools and simulations when you start learning. However, as you reach the level when you are looking to become proficient and get certified, you need to have experience on the equipment you will see in industry. At Intelitek, in the robotics field, we offer a fundamentals level with the ER4U (a low-cost educational robot). We then advance to a Yaskawa simulation and curriculum package. Finally, we work with the Yaskawa certification cart, where students will need to demonstrate they can operate and program an actual industrial robot from Yaskawa.
  2. Sustainability: for a program to be successful in the medium and long term it must be sustainable. Many programs are started by a teacher that comes from industry and has a great sense of how to teach and what needs to be taught. What happens when that teacher retires or goes back to industry? There are two main elements that support the sustainability of a long-term program. The first is a curriculum. Every teacher needs to have a curriculum that covers the entire program. Some will not use it at all, others will rely on it heavily and some will have the students work through it on their own. In all these cases, the curriculum is there as a backbone, to sustain the program. The second element is to have a train the trainer program. Your curriculum and certification vendor should be able to help sustain the program so if you have a new teacher and need to get them trained to certify students – you are able to simply make a call and schedule a date. Anything else – means you are in trouble.
  3. Flexibility: we are in a challenging era. New technologies are being adopted at a much faster pace. Baby boomers are retiring and Industry needs employees today. Incumbent employees need to retrain on newer technologies in order to stay relevant or advance. This means that your program needs to address all tiers of experience and different time frames that students have to study. Allowing a student to gain certain credits on fundamental skills, go to work and continue their studies as part of an apprenticeship program – will allow the student to continue progressing and allow your program to remain relevant.
  4. Interoperability: Industry 4.0 is based on the interoperability of different systems. If your program does not address problem solving that combines different disciplines such as electrical, mechatronics, robotics, vision, automation, networking and cloud computing – you are not teaching Industry 4.0 comprehensively. The big jump in Industry 4.0 is in the understanding that every component of the manufacturing line is now connected. We can have these components communicate with each other and generate data that will enable us to look at making the production more efficient and competitive. So multi-discipline training, interoperability and integration of technology is key!
  5. Hands On: No training program can prepare a student for a job in industry unless the students experience significant hands on activity. If a student is certified without any lab activity – how will that help the employer. With integration becoming a more important requirement, the hands-on activities need to be cross-discipline. Students need to be able to deal with Industry 4.0 technologies, but also be trained on existing technologies and how they interact.

At Intelitek, we have developed a Smart Factory and Industry 4.0 trainer that requires students to work through the different disciplines and then integrate electrical, mechanical, pneumatics, robots, plc automation, machine vision, IP networking, and more. This is a factory that uses real industrial equipment that the students build from scratch, integrate, program, troubleshoot and maintain. A powerful learning experience that fully trains them on industry 4.0.

Resources:

JobMaster Industry 4.0 Manufacturing Cell

JobMaster FMS – Flexible Manufacturing System

Contact us for more information on our Industry 4.0 programs.

 

 

 


Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 in Ohio. An Interview with Ritch Ramey of RAMTEC

Interview with RAMTEC Ohio Coordinator, Ritch Ramey, about manufacturing in Ohio, the skills gap, RAMTEC and Industry 4.0
We are excited to have Ritch Ramey as a guest on our Industry 4.0 Blog. Ritch is the state coordinator for RAMTEC Ohio. He is responsible for the advancement of the 22 statewide RAMTEC Ohio Robotics, Machining and Automation centers. Ritch has been instructing students in the CTE space for over 30 years.

How important is manufacturing for Ohio?
According to the National Manufacturer’s association manufacturers in Ohio account for 16.63% of the total output in the state, employing 12.56% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $107.95 billion in 2017. In addition, there were an average of 699.06 thousand manufacturing employees in Ohio in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $74,679.97 in 2017.
The Ohio leadership, led by Lieutenant Governor Husted, is placing significant emphasis on maintaining Ohio’s position as a front runner in manufacturing across the US, as well as in adoption and implementation of new technologies in manufacturing and investment in workforce development.

How acute is the skills gap?
Different reports that I have read show that in 2018 approximately 700,000 jobs openings in manufacturing across the US were not filled due to lack of skilled applicants. Speaking with employers in Ohio, talent acquisition is one of their biggest challenges. They are faced with a competitive labor market, baby boomers that are retiring and a younger generation that has a perception issue about jobs in manufacturing. We must help solve the skills gap to enable our industries to grow.

How does the RAMTEC model address training and the skills gap?
RAMTEC was formed as a one-stop-shop to enable secondary, post-secondary and incumbent employees to get trained and certified on the most up to date technologies used in industry. Partnering with high schools, colleges and industry, the RAMTEC centers get a constant flow of trainees. As the RAMTEC training aligns with industry needs, the students that graduate our programs are in high demand.
RAMTEC has 22 centers across the state and uses industry grade equipment for its training. We work with industry partners such as Yaskawa, Parker, Lincoln, Mitsubishi, Universal, Miller, Haas, Mazak, Fanuc and Allen Bradley. Robotics and automation have become a key area in which industry lacked skilled employees. Together with our industry partners we developed programs that lead to certification which is recognized at the state level as credit for graduation.

How does Industry 4.0 affect the skills gap?
Industry 4.0 poses new challenges in training. We have been working with different organizations such as ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) and the Ohio Manufacturers Association to map the skills for Industry 4.0. and define roles in the organization. As manufacturers will have to deal with many different systems such as electrical, mechanical, robots, vision, IIOT sensors, networks and data – the key requirement becomes interoperability and problem solving.
Industry is adjusting quickly to Industry 4.0 in order to stay competitive, and we will need to provide the training solutions that will suit both the fast movers, as well as organizations that will slowly shift to Industry 4.0.

Seeing how robotics and automation is becoming so dominant in industry, how does that change education, if at all?
My role is to promote, support and advocate for the advancement of K to Gray robotics, automation, and Industry 4.0 career pathways for all the citizens of Ohio. There is more that can be done in our education system to introduce technology to students at a younger age. Robotics, automation, and computational thinking are all a form of literacy that more of our graduates will need to master in order to become employable. Technology programs such as Vex, First, Cyber Robotics Coding Competition, Best, BattleBots, thenrc.org and Lego are mostly part of after school programs or of a CTE program.
We have recently partnered with companies such as Honda, Yaskawa and First Energy through grants to add after school Vex IQ elementary, competitions and library programs. We are also are working with the REC Foundation, Vex and ARM to develop a stronger Robotics and Automation pathway as well as micro-credentialing for K to 12 students. RAMTEC Ohio in collaboration with ARM, Ohio Manufacturing Association and Ohio TechNet is working on building an Industry 4.0 pathway and micro-credentialing program. Many other states and organizations as well as great educational and industry support companies like Intelitek are helping America better equip and enable students of all ages to become better prepared for the exciting and great paying careers that will be available to them though our world’s transformation into Industry 4.0. We are excited to also be working with major robotic and automation companies to build state of the art training and delivery systems for students, instructors and industry. These new training programs will better engage the trainer and the trainee as well as delivery JIT training.
We look forward to what RAMTEC Ohio and the nation is developing to build a transformative training program.


Industry 4.0, The Skills Currency, Micro-Credentials and Jobs in Industry

Many have written about the threat of robots and automation to jobs in industry.  The truth is quite the opposite. Automation and Industry 4.0 present an opportunity that is giving rise to what is referred to as the ‘skills currency’.

As technology is transforming industry, firms are changing the way in which they are hiring talent. Technological skills and employability skills (sometimes referred to as soft skills) are becoming the professional currency with which applicants are being evaluated.

When evaluating the needs of businesses adopting Industry 4.0 – this new hiring paradigm becomes very clear and logical.

The shift from ‘Industry 3.0’ to Industry 4.0 involves the connectivity of the machines, sensors, motors and PLCs over a network. Industry 4.0 continues with collection of data which is critical to improving the efficiency of the operation, as well as actions that need to be taken because of the data analysis (e.g. preventative maintenance and optimization).

When looking at the required skill set for such an operation, siloed expertise in fields such as Programmable Ladder Logic or mechanical systems is not enough. The emphasis shifts to technological interoperability and problem-solving skills.

One of the challenges with the adoption of Industry 4.0 is the huge skills gap and lack of talent to fill in high level integrator positions in industry. This position will need to own all the automation as well as the network and data collection and analysis aspects – all of which become mission critical.

The good news is that companies like Intelitek are responding to this challenge in partnership with leading companies in Industry, in order to provide a comprehensive program that will enable training on three levels:

Industry 4.0 Training

Our programs are designed in a blended approach – so that students go through a curriculum that leads to hands on activities on physical trainers built with industrial equipment.

Intelitek programs lead to both micro-credentials for every subject area, as well as high level certification – at each of the levels described above.

Contact us for more information:


What is Industry 4.0?

New digital technology is transforming manufacturing as we know it. By integrating new technologies into the manufacturing processes, we are now able to gather and analyze data across the various components of the production line in real time – thus increasing efficiency and reducing the cost of production. This manufacturing revolution is referred to as Industry 4.0.

The new digital technologies associated with Industry 4.0 are the following:

Big Data:
The amount of data that can be collected from a production line is endless. Sensors, electricity consumption, inter-connected machines, enterprise software (ERP; MES) and customer software are just some of the sources of data that can be used to analyze efficiency. Big data will eventually enable development of AI in the manufacturing processes.

IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things):
More devices/parts in the production process will be embedded with computing capabilities. As parts are moving through assembly or logistics, they will communicate with a controller.

Vertically and Horizontally Integrated Networks:
With all the data flowing from sensors, machines, devices, as well as from other systems in the enterprise, the various networks will need to be integrated to enable optimization in decision making.

The Cloud:
Data sharing across the organization will require a robust cloud infrastructure through which access will be provided.

Cyber Security:
With critical parts of the manufacturing process relying heavily on data analysis, the ability to secure the data and to avoid cyber attacks that may lead to costly downtime – becomes a high priority.

Autonomous Robots:
Human-machine interaction is reaching new levels – with robots that can perform tasks autonomously, side by side with humans, in a safe working environment.

Simulation:
Testing and optimizing complex manufacturing processes and safety procedures – can be achieved through robust simulation tools that enable a quick and accurate modeling of the plant floor.
Augmented Reality:
Although still in their infancy, AR technologies enable an employee on the production floor to receive data and instructions on how to replace a certain part in a machine.

Additive Manufacturing:
Additive manufacturing enables a much simpler process of creating prototypes, fabricating spare parts, as well as customized batches of production.

Industry 4.0 has an immense impact on the competitiveness of manufacturing firms, as well as on the training of its workforce. Stay tuned to learn more in our upcoming blog.


Press Release: Nevada CRCC Announcement

Nevada Cyber Robotics Coding Competition Marks End of Multi-State Competition Season, Beginning of CS Learning for Many Across the States

DERRY, N.H. – Jan. 28, 2019 – The Nevada Cyber Robotics Coding Competition, scheduled to take place February 1 at the Texas Station Convention Center in Las Vegas, marks the end of the 2018/19 season of the Cyber Robotics Coding Competitions (CRCCs), a series of first-of-its-kind, free-to-participate online coding and robotics tournaments for students in grades five through nine. A total of 581 schools with 37,212 students in 26 states participated in the 2018-19 competitions and Nevada is the 10th face to face finals event. More than a third of the students (38 percent) were from schools without a computer science course, a third of all participating schools were in rural areas and 240 schools were Title I.

Organized by the Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation (ISCEF), the CRCCs engage students in STEM learning by using game-based competitions that are both safe and fun. Two hundred educators who were surveyed unanimously agreed that the competition platform, Intelitek’s award-winning CoderZ Cyber Robotics Learning Environment, which features a graphical simulation of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots, engaged their students. For example, Brenda Tharp, the teacher-mentor of the North Hampton School team in New Hampshire, stated, “I can’t say enough about your program. It engages students in STEM and is FUN!!”

The vast majority (98 percent) of surveyed educators also agreed that that the platform’s content is relevant for computer science and STEM learning. “We absolutely loved this program and it gave students an opportunity to explore robotics/programming more!” said Brittany Sosa, a teacher at Canyon Middle School in New Braufels, Texas.

No prior experience on the part of students or teachers was required for schools to participate in the competition. In fact, the majority (66 percent) of the teachers mentoring the student teams had no experience with teaching coding. ISCEF prepared participating teachers by providing orientation and training and allowing them to practice on CoderZ before the competitions began.

The top three states in terms of student participation were the following:

–  Texas where 52 schools signed up 4,293 students for the competition;

–  New Jersey where 83 schools had 6,427 students take part; and

– Pennsylvania where 6,444 students from a whopping 104 schools participated.

Nevada also has had a good showing, with 3,222 students from 18 schools competing throughout the state. For the state finals, two student representatives from each school will be challenged to complete advanced missions (coding tasks) under a time constraint. Judges will evaluate the teams’ total score as well as other variables, including time to complete, number of missions attempted/completed, strategy, and code.

“The Nevada Finals mark the end of a spectacular coding/robotics season,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek. “It was especially gratifying to see so many schools without their own computer science course participating in the CRCCs. We wanted to introduce coding literacy to all students, including those in schools where geographical or funding issues may be barring course implementation. According to teacher feedback that is exactly what we did. We will continue to make the CRCCs free-to-participate events, and we can hardly wait to see how many sign-up for the next competition season.”

In the spring, CRCC will be run in West Virginia and the 2019/20 season will kick off soon after that.

For more information about CRCC, visit https://CRCC.io

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#CRCCforAll NH DOE

Winners of Second Annual New Hampshire Cyber Robotics Coding Competition Announced

 

DERRY, N.H. – Dec. 20, 2018 – The New Hampshire Department of Education and the Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation (ISCEF), along with sponsors Intelitek, the University of New Hampshire (UNH), New Hampshire 4-H, Yaskawa Motoman, and Oracle Academy, are announcing the winners of the state’s second annual Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) finals. The finals took place on Dec. 15 at the UNH campus in Durham.

Thomas Aquinas School located in Derry emerged as the CRCC champion, winning the gold medal for overall first place. Monadnock Regional High School in Swanzey won a gold medal for placing first in the high school category.

The finals were the culminating event for eight weeks of virtual competition in which more than 4,200 students from 61 middle and high schools used CoderZ, a cloud-based coding platform, to complete 103 difficult missions in the weeks leading up to the finals. The students of New Hampshire completed more than 30,000 missions and 55 students completed all 103 missions. In addition to prizes for inclusiveness and female participation, the top schools competed all day at the UNH campus for first, second and third place.

“The increase in student involvement for the second year of this program is impressive and exciting,” said Frank Edelblut, the commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Education. “Seeing all of the students at the finals at UNH – as well as the teachers who helped them compete – was inspiring. With continued focus and work, I’m sure we’ll reach our goal of having a million students, around the world, learning valuable coding skills while also having fun.”

The following awards were also presented:

  • Inclusiveness Award (for highest student participation) – North Hampton School (95 percent participation)
  • Grace Hopper Award (for highest female participation) – Litchfield Middle School (55 female competitors)
  • Second Place (Silver Medal) – Litchfield Middle School
  • Third Place (Bronze Medal) – Elm Street Middle School in Nashua

New Hampshire was the first state to hold the competition. That event, held at the end of 2017, gave rise to an international phenomenon that has resulted in more than 150,000 students all over the world participating in similar events. To date, more than 37,500 students in 590 schools across 26 states in United States have been able to participate in CRCC events.

Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek, said one of the company’s main goals in developing the CoderZ platform was introducing robotics and coding in a way that would be easily accessible to all students.

“We launched CRCC in 2017 in New Hampshire and it is so appropriate to end the 2018 season in New Hampshire after a successful roll-out country wide,” he said. “There are lots of STEAM-based activities happening in informal educational environments, like after-school robotics clubs. These activities have been able to capture the interest of many students, but how do we create something that is scalable to nearly every single child? We believe it’s through events like CRCC!”

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

 

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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. For more information visit www.intelitek.com.


Intelitek’s CoderZ Recognized as a Finalist in the 2019 Bett Awards

Intelitek CoderZ equips students with fundamental STEM skills through an interactive online platform

DERRY, N.H. – Nov. 12, 2018 – Intelitek today announced that its online coding program, CoderZ, was chosen as a finalist in the 2019 Bett Awards program.

This year marks the 34th year of the Bett Show, a celebration of the inspiring creativity and innovation that can be found throughout technology for education. As the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape, this year it expects to bring together 850 leading companies, 103 exciting new edtech start-ups and nearly 35,000 attendees from 131 countries within the global education community.

Finalists were selected by a panel of education professionals and experts in their particular information and communications technology (ICT) area who reviewed the submissions that were entered and judged the products and services based on the extent to which they have excelled in ICT provision and support for nurseries, schools, colleges and special schools alike with a clear focus on what works in the classroom. The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) acted as Chair of judges, overseeing the impartiality and fairness of the judging.

CoderZ was named a finalist for Best International Digital Education Resource. The powerful, easy to use online platform teaches students in grades 6-12 valuable STEM skills such as coding, robotics and physical computing that will help their careers and prepare them for college. CoderZ has a fun interface that utilizes an online code editor catered to both beginners and experts, offering a simple, Scratch-like language called Blockly for new coders or allowing more advanced students to start working directly with Java code. The program is currently being used around the globe in a series of Cyber Robotics Coding Competitions (CRCC) with the intention of putting the world of coding and robotics in the hands of all students.

“Being named a finalist in this year’s Bett Awards is an immense honor for Intelitek,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek. “CoderZ successfully provides students with the detailed guidance and instruction they need to learn and understand programming, and we’re proud to be recognized on this international stage.”

The winners of the 2019 Bett Awards will be announced at the award ceremony at the Troxy in London on Jan. 23, 2019.

 

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The Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation Partners with Girls Who Code

New mid-Atlantic region collaboration designed to spur girls’ participation in coding competitions and coding clubs

GWC-logo_2016-on-navyDERRY, N.H. – Sept. 17, 2018The Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation (ISCEF) is partnering with Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Girls Who Code runs free after-school programs to promote gender equity in the computer science, technology and STEM fields. To further spur girls’ interest and participation in coding, the two organizations will promote one another’s activities in the mid-Atlantic states and have plans to expand their collaboration to other regions.

Through the Girls Who Code Clubs program, girls learn to use computer science to impact their community and join a supportive sisterhood of peers and role models across the United States. Clubs center around a Girls Who Code Project, where Club girls work as a team to design and build a project that solves real-world problems they care about through code (programming). Importantly, Girls Who Code Clubs teach girls much more than computer science: they help unlock potential for creativity, bravery, resilience and purpose as girls learn how to use computer science to impact their community.

The Girls Who Code- ISCEF partnership currently covers those Clubs in New York state, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia. In those states, Girls Who Code will offer members of existing, new and forming Clubs the opportunity to participate in ISCEF’s Cyber Robotics Coding Competitions (CRCC), which are web-based coding competitions that provide students and educators with the opportunity to build coding-robotics skills using a cloud-based simulation platform featuring a virtual, 3D-animated robot.

“We’re so grateful to be working with the Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation in the mid-Atlantic region. We’re bringing our lessons of bravery, sisterhood and coding to the area to show girls that they can change the world with computer science,” said Tarika Barrett, Ph. D., the COO of Girls Who Code.

The first CRCC was held in New Hampshire at the end of 2017 and gave rise to an international phenomenon that has resulted in more than 30,000 students all over the world participating in similar events. Of the competitions based in the United States, more than 32 percent of participants have been female. Beginning in October, up to 11 states across the country and counting will host Cyber Robotics Coding Competitions. For more information go to https://iscefoundation.org/cyber-robotics-coding-competition or to express interest in organizing a Cyber Robotics Competitions for a school, district or state, contact ISCEF at info@iscefoundation.org.

About CRCC

The Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) is the first-of-its-kind online competition 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. For more information about CRCC please visit https://crcc.io.

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 Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. With their 7-week Summer Immersion Program, a 2-week specialized Campus Program, after school Clubs, and a 13-book New York Times best-selling series, they are leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Girls Who Code has reached over 90,000 girls in all 50 states and several US territories. To join the movement or learn more, visit https://girlswhocode.com.


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