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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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Yaskawa America, Inc., Motoman Robotics Division Sponsors 2018-2019 Cyber Robotics Coding Competitions

Intelitek partner, Yaskawa Motoman, joins as a sponsor in helping to promote STEM, coding and robotics in schools, introducing students to careers in technology

Cyber Robotics Coding Competition

Derry, NH – Oct. 23, 2018 – The Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation has announced that Intelitek partner, Yasakawa America Inc., Motoman Robotics Division (Yaskawa Motoman), has committed to being a major sponsor of the 2018-2019 Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC), happening in 14 states across the United States.

With more than 400,000 Motoman® robots installed worldwide, Yaskawa Motoman is a leading provider of industrial robots, seamlessly integrating cost effective, efficient and safe robotic solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application. Dedicated to inspiring students to become interested in STEM courses and careers in robotics, Yaskawa Motoman collaborates closely with educators and industry professionals across the Americas to help build a relevant workforce training environment.

The CRCC was started in 2017 by the ISCEF Foundation to promote STEM in schools using an online, entirely virtual mobile robotics experience in a game-like user interface. Students in middle and high school participate in class or at home and earn points as they complete progressively more difficult levels or missions. Students love the challenge of a game and CRCC teaches them coding while they are having fun competing with classmates, as well as other classes and schools.

“The need for skilled labor in coding, robotics and automation is on the rise – and is not being fulfilled. We need to ensure that students are exposed to STEM opportunities from a young age. CRCC does exactly that,” said Bob Graff, Senior Sales Manager, Education at Yaskawa America Inc., Motoman Robotics Division. “We are excited to support the competition and see so many students at such a young age have the opportunity to learn the concepts and technicalities of robotic engineering.”

During the months of October and November, students compete online for the first two phases of the competition, learning, practicing and building skills in robotics and coding. Schools that qualify will then meet face to face in each state to compete in the more challenging codeathon finals.

“More than 150,000 students have competed in the CRCC,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek, the provider of the platform for the competition. “We see this as a major breakthrough in promoting technology studies and specifically programming of robotics for all students in any school, regardless of resources.”

For more information go to https://crcc.io

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 robots. 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. More information can be found by visiting www.intelitek.com.

About Yaskawa Motoman

Founded in 1989, the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. is a leading robotics company in the Americas. With over 400,000 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 www.motoman.com.


University of New Hampshire to Host the State Finals for State’s Second Annual Cyber Robotics Coding Competition

Cyber Robotics Coding Competition

DERRY, N.H. – Oct. 18, 2018 – On December 15, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) will host the finals of the state’s Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC), being held by the New Hampshire Department of Education (NH DOE) and the Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation (ISCEF). The CRCC, sponsored by Intelitek and Oracle Academy, is an eight-week virtual coding competition in partnership with UNH and New Hampshire 4-H that provides students and educators with the opportunity to build STEM related skills using a cloud-based simulation platform featuring a virtual, 3D-animated robot.

Frank Edelblut, the commissioner of the NH DOE, will be on hand to give out awards. “We are very excited by the commitment that the University of New Hampshire is making to the Cyber Robotics Coding Competition,” said Edelblut. “Students will be competing with their peers from across New Hampshire inside one of our state’s premiere learning institutions while also learning new skills and having fun. What a great opportunity for everyone.”

The NH DOE and Intelitek have been excited to collaborate to create this competition and in doing so, gave rise to an international phenomenon that has resulted in more than 50,000 students all over the world participating in similar events.

“NH 4-H is excited to co-host the 2018 NH CRCC final competition, here at UNH,” said Kate Guerdat, Ed.D, associate state 4-H program leader. “Intelitek’s collaborative and innovative approach to increasing access to STEM experiences for diverse NH communities aligns with UNH Cooperative Extension’s priority of meeting people where they are. As the youth outreach component of Cooperative Extension, NH 4-H looks forward to not only supporting the capacity building experience for youth, but engaging families in STEM learning as well.” 

In the first New Hampshire CRCC, held at the end of 2017, more than 2,500 students in middle and high schools throughout the state used CoderZ, a cloud-based coding platform to compete in over 80 different and challenging robotics missions. In addition to winning prizes for inclusiveness, faculty participation and diversity, the top schools competed in a grand finale competition for the best middle school, best high school and a grand prize called the Governor’s Award. (Gallery).

“UNH has an incredible computer science program that has prepared graduates to work at industry giants such as Apple, Google and Microsoft, so of course the UNH computer lab is a very fitting locale for the CRCC Finals,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek. “We are very excited to be working with such a great institution to expand student access to coding.”

The NH CRCC will be held from mid-October to mid-December. To register a school, club or community organization for the event, visit https://crcc.io/signup.

For more information on CRCC competitions, go https://crcc.io/new-hampshire/ or contact Danny Watt, Director of CRCC at ISCEF, at dwatt@iscefoundation.org.

About CRCC

The first-of-its-kind Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) was created by ISCEF and is supported by Intelitek and Oracle Academy. The online competition is designed to be interactive and exciting as participants learn how robots work and expand their knowledge of STEM careers. 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 the NH DOE

The New Hampshire Department of Education is committed to providing leadership and services which promote equitable educational opportunities that enable the state’s citizens to become fully productive members of society. The department helps students, parents, and educators meet the educational needs of children so they can build bright futures while also working to improve family engagement with schools. The department assists residents with disabilities in gaining access to educational opportunities and employment while also approving programs for veterans. The NH DOE works to promote lifelong learning, and ensures that post-secondary institutions and career schools meet applicable standards so the people of New Hampshire can improve their lives.

 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 6.3 million students annually in 128 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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Cyber Robotics Coding Competition

National Cyber Robotics Coding Competitions Hosted by Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation Set to Begin October 15 for Schools in 14 States

DERRY, N.H. – Oct. 10, 2018 – College and professional football games aren’t the only fall competitions underway. In October, the Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation (ISCEF) kicks off the 2018 Cyber Robotics Coding Competitions (CRCCs) in 14 states and the District of Columbia. The CRCC is the first-of-its-kind, free to participate, online coding and robotics tournament for students in grades 5-9 that enables schools and districts to engage students in STEM learning by using game-based competitions that are both safe and fun.

Sponsored by Intelitek, CoderZ and Oracle Academy, the first eight-week virtual coding competition was held in New Hampshire at the end of 2017 and gave rise to an international phenomenon that has resulted in more than 50,000 students all over the world participating in similar events. Just last month more than 30,000 students in Vietnam registered for their CRCC in just under 48 hours.

This year, 14 different competitions will be held in 13 states, including California, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia, Wisconsin, as well as the District of Columbia. A fifteenth — the U.S. National Open Access competition — will be held virtually for students in schools without a statewide CRCC.

Just like last year, this year’s competitors will undertake their missions on Intelitek’s award-winning CoderZ Cyber Robotics Learning Environment, a cloud-based platform featuring a graphical simulation of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots. The innovative, online platform has a coding interface where users between 5th and 12th grade can activate a virtual robot, or “cyber-robot,” and watch the results in a real-time simulation.

“Coding and robotics are incredibly important areas for students to pursue to support our economic growth and development,” said Ben Smith, STEM Coordinator, Supervisor of Educational Technology, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12, New Oxford, Penn. “Competitions like the CRCC engage and excite students so they become invested in their learning.”

Teachers and schools can signup anytime before Nov 8th to join the event which kicks off on Oct 15th with a Boot Camp for students. Educator resources include a webinar, which can be accessed here.

The 2018 CRCC will be held in three stages, starting with Boot Camp, which opens to students on October 15 and lasts approximately three weeks. In this first stage, students and educators work on their choice of more than 50 lessons (called “missions”) in order to gain or hone knowledge of coding and robotics fundamentals. High participation and diversity among Boot Camp competitors can earn that school teams awards and invitations to the Finals.

The second stage of the CRCC is the Qualifiers, which will be open from November 5 through November 14. Students will work to complete over 20 missions and earn points for their school’s team. Schools with the highest average scores will receive invitations to the finals. The third round, the Finals, is a live, in-person, one-day event held in December in which two student representatives from each school will be challenged to complete five more advanced missions under a time constraint.

Smith added, “Getting students in middle school involved is the critical time where they can work to develop computational thinking skills that can impact their career choice.  The CRCC provides students the opportunity to participate in challenging, but fun, missions that will capture their interest and motivate them to pursue computer science.”

“Our mission is to make robotics and coding accessible to all schools in a fun and engaging way,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of Intelitek. “That is what we are successfully doing with CoderZ and CRCC – we’ve made it so easy for teachers, engaging for students and as simple as possible to participate – because all that is needed is Internet connectivity.”

For more information about CRCC, visit CRCC.io, or to express interest in organizing a Cyber Robotics Competitions for a school, district or state, contact Danny Watt dwatt@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 6.3 million students annually in 128 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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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 http://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.


CoderZ Wins Award

CoderZ wins ‘Best Coding App or Tool’ at the 2018 Tech Edvocate Awards

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After 4 months of hard work, the judges narrowed down the year’s top edtech companies, products, people and more. They solicited nominees from readers in June/July and held online voting from June 1, 2018 – August 21, 2018. The nominee’s performance during the online voting period was used to gauge their popularity, but in no way signaled that they would become a finalist or walk away with an award. The finalists and winners were ultimately selected by a panel comprised of two edtech thought leaders, two PreK-12 teachers, one college professor, two K-12 administrators, one college administrator and two PreK-12 parents.

See all winners here.


Product Review: CoderZ – by Tech&Learning

CoderZ by Intelitek is a browser-based coding environment that teaches middle-and high-school students to program both virtual and physical robots.

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gocoderz.com ■ Retail Price: Home use: $6.25/month (billed annually); classroom subscription: $840; school and unlimited use by quote.

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CoderZ by Intelitek is a browser-based coding environment that teaches middle-and high-school students to program both virtual and physical robots. CoderZ puts a virtual robot in front of every student, and they progress through a variety of standards-based “missions” using Java block coding language. CoderZ is compatible with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3, so student creations can be downloaded and run in real life.

Quality and Effectiveness: CoderZ is a nice solution for students to get started in coding and robotics. Teachers with limited budgets don’t have to purchase physical robots, and the 3D coding environment simulates writing code for a real-life robot that can be tested and debugged as they progress through the different challenges. The programs can be downloaded onto a compatible robot for more real-world problem solving.

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CoderZ also has a classroom management component and provides data so teachers can easily assign tasks, track progress, identify students’ needs, and adjust instruction if needed.

CoderZ gives more advanced students the option of moving out of the Java block coding environment to code directly in a text-based editor.

Ease of Use: CoderZ loads quickly and runs smoothly on any browser or platform. The interface is intuitive and easy to navigate for both teachers and students. Users who log in for the first time are greeted with a series of text boxes that direct them through a beginners tutorial to acquaint them with the interface as well as the block coding environment. The accompanying curriculum resources make it easy for teachers to share content with students.

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Creative Use of Technology: CoderZ’s instructional design and interface make it a good solution for schools that want to introduce coding and robotics to students but find it fiscally challenging to purchase enough robots. The 3D gamified learning environment is realistic and attractive. It also give students feedback and help mechanisms to assist and instruct them if they get stuck. Its flexibility enables more advanced students to explore some of their own programs and gives teachers the ability to differentiate by assigning open-ended assignments.

Suitability for Use in a School Environment: The CoderZ platform will integrate well into any middle- or high-school STEM/coding program. It gives students the opportunity to learn how to code robots without schools having to make large investments in robotics hardware and create complicated labs full of hardware.

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The gamified “mission” based lessons are clear and easy to follow, and they progress through the necessary skills from basic to complex. The block-based environment builds on the basic sequences of instructions and moves to more complex functions, variables, and loops.

OVERALL RATING:

CoderZ is a creative, economical, and browser-based solution to get students coding by using robotics as the basis for projects that advance them through more complicated coding tasks.

TOP FEATURES

• Cloud-based platform gives students the opportunity for anytime, anywhere access.
• Classroom management tools enable teachers to track and monitor student progress.
• Intuitive and flexible gamified learning environment with realistic graphics.


CoderZ finalist in the Tech Edvocate Awards program

CoderZ named a finalist for ‘Best Coding App or Tool’ in the Tech Edvocate Awards program. Winners will be announced on August 31.

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See akk finalists here


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