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White Paper on How to Make STEM Part of the Mainstream Curriculum

The modern workforce needs people with STEM competencies in almost every industry, but many educators are trying to figure out how to effectively deliver a STEM education that makes students truly 21st century ready. Intelitek has released a new white paper, “Crossing the Chasm to Mainstream STEM Education,” that addresses misconceptions about STEM learning and explains how to use technology to revolutionize classrooms and teaching behaviors.

“Many teachers are simply digitizing their existing teaching methods, which just perpetuates passive learning. Using technology to develop a collaborative and interactive educational setting will help students prepare for their future careers, even non-STEM-related ones,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek. “In this latest white paper, we show how educators can combine technology and instructional practices to create more meaningful learning opportunities and reposition the education system to become a central, self-sustaining tool for lifelong learning.”

35-3000-0005_Cover“Crossing the Chasm” addresses the following misconceptions about STEM education:
• There is a lack of funding for STEM studies
• STEM is just Math and Science with another name
• Teachers don’t understand STEM well enough to teach it
• STEM is only for students who are STEM inclined
• STEM is a lot of hype, and not a lot of substance
• STEM learning cannot be evaluated
• STEM education is expensive
• There is a lack of infrastructure available to deliver STEM education

In addition, the white paper explains how cloud-based environments like Intelitek’s interactive CoderZ platform can help educators overcome many of the obstacles to introducing STEM into mainstream education and how gamification can improve learning. “Virtual learning, Web 2.0 tools and robotics simulations can offer STEM learning to every student with a browser at a much lower cost and with much broader reach than traditional STEM programs,” said Yerushalmi. “And empirical studies have shown that gamifying learning improves student enjoyment, participation and, most importantly, learning results.”

“Educators need a formula for crossing the chasm between the traditional learning methods of yesterday, and the engaging, inclusive technology environments of tomorrow,” Yerushalmi continued. “We believe that this new white paper will point them in the right direction.”

The “Crossing the Chasm” white paper is available for download.

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

 

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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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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 to Debut New Machine Vision Training Program and Certification Based on Cognex at ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2018

New machine vision and quality control training program delivers skills-based training and blended learning programs to prepare students for in-demand professions in the manufacturing industry

Intelitek, a leader in CTE education worldwide is announcing the release of their new “Machine Vision Technology with Cognex” training program at ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2018, running November 28-December 1, in San Antonio, Texas. The program, developed by Intelitek (Booth #900), is based on the Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX) vision technology. Cognex is a global leader in the machine vision field and the training features Cognex specific training and Cognex Certification for high school, community college, technical school and university students.

Cognex logoCognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of products that Machine vision is smart automation technology that uses cameras and software to provide the image interpretation and visual feedback needed for parts inspection, robotic guidance and industrial automation. The technology has become a critical part of the current industrial revolution (known as Industry 4.0. – the fourth industrial revolution), and it is deployed by logistics companies, manufacturers and machine builders in order to cut costs, improve efficiencies and maximize throughput.

The training program includes a virtual component titled “Machine Vision and Image Processing” and a lab-based component titled “Machine Vision and Quality Control”. Both the components use Cognex technology, Cognex In-Sight Explorer software and Cognex vision sensors. By completing these training programs and taking a test, Students can obtain industry-recognized certification based on the skills they gain with the Cognex solution. The training program will simulate a real-world workplace in the manufacturing industry where students will be expected to use cameras or a sensor to determine if a part was manufactured correctly.

“A lot of students are trying to gain industry knowledge before graduating, and since Cognex is an industry leader in machine vision, we worked with them to develop this Cognex certification geared toward education,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek. “They’ll have experience with our industrial robots, the CNC machines and the course also simulates a real manufacturing floor. This is something students can put on their resume, and it will give them a leg up on the competition when they’re looking for a job after graduation.”

The “Machine Vision Technology with Cognex” training program will be available for schools to purchase January 1, 2019.

About Intelitek

intelitek-logoIntelitek 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 Cognex

Cognex is the world’s leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 1 million vision-based products, representing over $4 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company’s founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For details visit Cognex online.

Cognex, PatMax and In-Sight and EasyBuilder are registered trademarks and PatMax RedLine and In-Sight Explorer are trademarks of Cognex Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 


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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