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About CRCC

< What is the Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC)? />

CRCC is a groundbreaking online robotics tournament that engages students in coding. Schools can compete and involve students through gaming and competition in STEM, coding and tech literacy. No previous experience is necessary, everyone can participate. CRCC is cloud-based, can be accessed from any computer and uses simulation of virtual 3D Robots that perform complex tasks and missions. By learning to program, planning and strategizing the virtual robot to participate, students will compete within their class, grade, school, district and state to win stages and progress to the finals.

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Why CRCC?

CRCC promotes robotics and STEM activity in schools using a competition environment that students love and easily engaged in.

For Students

  • Game-like, fun competition for all levels
  • Individual or group participation
  • Peer participation and competitive spirit
  • Beginners develop computation thinking, time management, and strategy skills while more advanced students refine the same skills and have the opportunity to mentor
    less experienced students to help the team/school succeed
  • Recognition: badges, certificates, prizes

For Educators

  • Motivational STEM activity
  • Generates student participation
  • No-cost activity to introduce STEM enrichment activities, and specifically coding and robotics.
  • Leverages tools and with which students and teachers are familiar.
  • Student participation is self-directed so “over-the-shoulder” time is minimized.
  • Promotes diverse participation, e.g: gender, experience with coding.
  • Designed for accessibility.
  • Professional development and recognition opportunities.

For Administrators

  • Encourage students, teachers and administrators to get involved in STEM
  • Engage with community and local industry
  • Promote core values – diversity, technology, school spirit, academic progress
  • Highly visible program for school, district and community

The CRCC Mission

Our mission is to accelerate the integration of STEM technology education programs in schools worldwide to support a diverse, skilled, 21st Century STEM workforce capable of advancing and prospering in the Innovation Economy.

The CRCC Vision

We will promote diversity and inclusiveness through highly accessible coding and virtual robotics competitions and introduce cutting edge educational technology programs for learning institutions.

Why is CRCC different from other competitions

Affordable

Inclusive

CRCC can jump-start robotics, coding, or STEM programs where none exist. The entire school can participate – no travel or special hardware required – a PC, MAC, or Chromebook with the latest Chrome browser and a minimum 64 bit CPU and 4 GB RAM will suffice. 

Inclusive

Easy to Implement

No prior knowledge of coding or robotics is needed for educators or students. CRCC is self-directed and each student can progress at their own pace. Real-time guidance and hints help students learn to code virtual robots, and gamified mission simulations with real-time results motivate the learning.

Scalable

Scalable and Flexible

School teams range in size from a handful to hundreds of students. The competition runs over a ten week period, and students only need a few hours a week to participate. Students can log-in in school or from home and are not limited by school hours, class time or classroom space.

Measurability

Measurable

Unlike traditional robotics, educators and students can measure and monitor individual progress and objectives at all levels of the competition and compare themselves with other schools.

Diversity

Equitable

CRCC encourages and empowers female participation in the competition and rewards schools that engage the greatest proportion of female participants; similarly CRCC is accessible to schools and organizations/clubs that serve low-resource communities.

Excellence

Excellence

CRCC prides itself on its dedication to inclusiveness and superior performance. Our programs are designed to develop core pillars that help students achieve academic and personal excellence in STEM

Competition Info

How does the competition work?

Students participating in a CRCC event login to the CoderZ cloud platform to access the competition sessions. Once the competition session starts, students work to complete missions that introduce them to mechanics, physics and programming accompanied by math, science and engineering principles. Completing missions adds score to their individual, class and school totals.

Students can work during class or outside school on challenging, fun missions that require them to strategize, gain knowledge and score points to advance to the next level.

Each mission challenges students with new requirements and gives them the skills and practice they need to progress through the competition.

The interface utilizes drag-and-drop Blockly programming. This easy-to-use interface helps students learn computational thinking, the coding process, how to code, and more advanced skills like functions or smart blocks as the competition progresses.

The phases of the competition, starting with Boot Camp and ending in Qualifiers are virtual phases. Students compete individually, collecting score and participation bonus points for their class and school’s team.

Teams that have high participation, exceptional diversity and accumulate the most average points per the competition Guidelines/Rules, will receive invitations to the in-person Finals. Teams of two (2) students will represent each team. Parents, educators, students and community leaders are welcomed to join in and encourage the contestants at the finals.

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Competition Timeline

Educator Training (2-3 weeks before Boot Camp)

A webinar series that introduces the competition and demonstrates the platform.
PD Sessions for educators are included to enable them to mentor a team.
Educators will also have access to the platform to practice missions.

Boot Camp (2 weeks)

In Boot Camp students navigate through carefully designed practice missions
on the competitions platform, learning the foundation of coding and robotics.
Up to 8 hours of content. Participation and diversity earns bonus points!

Competition Phase (2 weeks)

Students will need to complete missions to earn points for their class and school’s total.
Each mission is progressively more challenging and complex.
Points collected plus bonus points for participation are carried over to the next phase.

Qualifiers (2 weeks)

More challenging missions are now critical to get your team an invitation to the finals.
Students earn points for their school and team – the more missions, the more bonus points.
The schools with the highest average scores will earn invitations to the Finals.

In-School Finals (Optional 2-hour event)

Each school has the option to run an in school finals event and have classes and students compete.
In-School Finals can be used as a local event or to select who will go to state finals!
If they want (this is not required), schools can have their own exciting finals.

Finals (1-day event)

Student representatives from each school will be challenged, in-person,
to complete advanced level missions under a time constraint.
This is an exciting and motivating event for students, teachers, administrators and parents to attend.

Award Categories

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Finals Awards

Best School Awards
1st, 2nd and 3rd place
 
Other awards at Sponsor/Host/CRCC discretion

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Boot Camp Awards

Inclusivity Boot Camp Award Winner
 
School of 100+ students with the highest number of active student participants from the total school population

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Diversity Awards

Grace Hopper Boot Camp Award Winner
 
School of 100+ students with the highest number of active female student participants from the total female student population

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Bring the CRCC to your State or District

Contact Graham Celine about CRCC at [email protected]

< How to Get Involved />

Interested in CRCC for your state or district?
Contact Graham Celine at [email protected] for more information.

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The Cyber Robotics Coding Competition is an exciting and fun online tournament for students of all levels to participate and learn about STEM, coding, robotics and technology career paths. CRCC enables teachers, schools and districts to engage students with technology and develop STEM awareness while they compete in the exciting game-like competition.
CRCC is powered by CoderZ, an online STEM Education Program using virtual robots.

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The Cyber Robotics Coding Competition Starts Soon!

Don’t miss the opportunity for your students to be immersed in an exciting online competition. CRCC is for all students and introduces Coding, Robotics and STEM for all levels.