Four 8th graders at Edison Intermediate School recently competed in teams of two as finalists in the 2018 New Jersey Cyber Robotics Competition at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, with one of the teams placing third in the state coding championship.
“Mrs. Paiva and I introduced our Grade 8 Project Technology students to Cyber Robotics Coding, using CoderZ online challenges provided by Intelitek,” says Dr. Eugene Ehrlich who, with Laura Paiva, teaches computer technology at Edison. “CoderZ is an online learning environment that provides students with mission-based Cyber Robotics Coding challenges of progressive difficulty levels which guide students through more demanding coding tasks.”
Students “work to complete missions that introduce them to mechanics, physics and programming accompanied by math, science and engineering principals,” according to the Cyber Robotics Coding Competition website, https://crcc.io/new-jersey/.
By learning to program a virtual, 3D animated robot while planning and strategizing the virtual robot to participate in challenges, “students compete within their class, grade, school, district and state to win stages and progress to the finals,” according to the organization’s website.
Project Technology students Catherine Collins, Maya Dias, Gabriela Gil and Aaron Richman advanced to the finals in the CoderZ online challenges and were invited to participate in two-person teams in the state championship competition at NJIT on Dec. 14.
Says Ehrlich: “I am very proud to report that the EIS1 Team of Catherine Collins and Gabriela Gil received the 3rd Place Cyber Robotics Coding Competition 2018 Championship Award for New Jersey.”