KIDS CODE-A-THON

KIDS
CODE-A-THON

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Come, Code & Celebrate (3Cs)

Introducing KIDS CODE-A-THON to child at very young age across the globe and they compete to win prizes & celebrate success.

All the best to all of our coders & programmers!
Stay tuned for updates about our next code-a-thon and hack-a-thon.

MARSzoid Robotics - kids Code-a-thon winners

EVENT SUMMARY BLOG

GTA witnessed Community Giving Free Code-a-Thon hosted by MARSzoid Robotics on Jun 21st 2020!

Project Hall of fame

View all the projects at the hall of fame!

The Code-A-Thon series is here and happening!

The Purpose?

  • MARSzoid conducts a series of virtual code-a-thon for free and is part of our community giving back program!
  • Our mandate is to groom the best and brightest among students as future inventors and innovators!
  • This series of events will enable students to explore and understand key coding and robotics skills prior to putting them to use on real and hands-on projects.

The Process?

  • In each code-a-thon event (beginning of week), our highly qualified coaches will work with students in an interactive workshop setting which is approximately an hour and half long (RECORDED WORKSHOP VIDEOS WILL BE SHARED FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS THROUGH DISCORD PLATFORM).
  • Students will be taught in a fun and play based approach key coding and robotics concepts and help them understand fundamentals.
  • Post this workshop, our coaches will challenge each student to leverage what they may have learnt and apply those concepts to create an innovative project during the course of the week.
  • Students will work in small teams, and we will organize the work using a so-called “agile” approach (don’t worry if you are not familiar with agile, everything will be explained on the day!).
  • Students will be given tasks and they will collaborate to create the product.
  • Students who were not exposed to coding in the past will be paired with students who are coding experts so that they learn from each other in a team environment, so everyone is welcome!
  • Students will be using the Scratch coding platform (Age 6-10) or Python coding platform (Age 10-15) - Recommended but not Mandatory
  • All the participants will receive free hands on workshop on Python or Scratch on June 15, 2020 which will be sufficient to take part in the competition, even if they don't exposure to coding.

The Result?

  • Finally (at the end of week or event), each student will have an opportunity to share with the team their completed project – and the most innovative will be recognized!
  • All the projects will be scored on creativity, aesthetics, comprehensibility, complexity, and functionality.
  • To all Students - wear your innovation “hat” with no limitation to creativity “tagline on the hat” and show love to your dad. It's fun and cool when you build something on your own and show it to your loved ones!

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REGISTER

Sign up for this free workshop [RECORDED WORKSHOP VIDEOS WILL BE SHARED FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS THROUGH DISCORD PLATFORM] where Students can get hands-on experience in Scratch and Python, and get a chance to create their own animated stories

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LEARN & CREATE

Students learn to code in our an hour and a half (1.5 hours) free workshop.


Students code & submit projects aligned to Father’s Day theme!

CELEBRATE

Winners will get rewarded with recognition in MARSzoid’s hall of fame.

All contestants who submit a project will receive a certificate of participation.

BASIC RULES

  1. Students register with one friend as pairs. For those Students who can not find a pair, we will assign him/her to the team.
  2. Students will receive free hands-on workshop [RECORDED WORKSHOP VIDEOS WILL BE SHARED FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS THROUGH DISCORD PLATFORM] for the Code-a-thon at the beginning of the Code-a-thon Week. Only one project per team submission
  3. Parents or any adults can guide the contestants, but the majority of the work must be done by the contestants
  4. The only limit to what you can code and submit is your creativity!
  5. Contestant age limit is Age 6 – 15. Please note that contestants of Age 11-15 are recommended to use python programming but not mandatory.
  6. Students submit the project by the end of Code-a-thon Week along with a brief summary as directed.

BASIC RULES

Collaboration

Students register with one friend as pairs. For those Students who can not find a pair, we will assign him/her to the team.

Adult Guidance

Parents or any adults can guide the contestants, but the majority of the work must be done by the contestants

Age Limit

For Ages 6-15. Contestant age limit is Age 6 - 15. Please note that contestants of Age 11-15 are recommended to use python programming but not mandatory.

1 Project Per Team

Students will receive free hands-on workshop for the Code-a-thon at the beginning of the Code-a-thon Week. Only one project per team submission

Limitation

The only limit to what you can code and submit is your creativity!

Project Submission

Students submit the project by the end of Code-a-thon Week along with a brief summary as directed.

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Evaluation Criteria

  1. The project has a purpose which is relevant to you and your surroundings. Also, aligned with the problem statement of Students Code-a-thon.​
  2. The integration of computational concepts defined by MIT Media Labs. The seven computational concepts are sequence, event, loops, parallelism, conditionals, operators and data.​
  3. Completeness to achieve the task and aesthetics to appeal to the user.​
  4. Sharing of responsibilities amongst the pair (team) and their ability to sort out the difference and move towards the common goal.​

Evaluation Criteria

Relevance & Purpose

The project has a purpose which is relevant to you and your surroundings. Also, aligned with the problem statement of Students Code-a-thon.

Concepts

The integration of computational concepts defined by MIT Media Labs. The seven computational concepts are sequence, event, loops, parallelism, conditionals, operators and data.

DESIGN

Completeness to achieve the task and aesthetics to appeal to the user.

Collaboration

Sharing of responsibilities amongst the pair (team) and their ability to sort out the difference and move towards the common goal.

Next Steps

After you have successfully registered your child for the code-a-thon, you will receive an email with the instructions
  • Invite to free workshop [RECORDED WORKSHOP VIDEOS WILL BE SHARED FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS THROUGH DISCORD PLATFORM] where kids can get hands-on experience in Scratch (Age 6-10) and Python(Age 10-15), and get a chance to code their very own video games!
  • Students code & submit projects aligned to Father’s Day theme and all projects are due by 11:59 PM EST on JUNE 19, 2020
  • FATHER’S DAY EVENT: June 21, 2020 at 4 PM – 6 PM – Roadshow of projects from finalists & celebrate success!
  • For further questions, please look at the FAQ section or email us at info@marszoid.ca or WHATSAPP OR CALL US @ 647-799-3858

Frequently asked questions

Yes, this competition is 100% online. The contestant can work on their project at any place and time as long as your child has access to a computer and an internet connection.

There is no entry fee. It is a FREE event!

On average, contestants are putting in 5-10 hours to complete their projects during the Code-A-Thon week.

Yes, the coding experience is a recommendation and not mandatory. However, kids will have a chance to attend our coding workshop program which will provide basics to participate in Code-A-Thon. If your child would like to learn how to code, please check out our programs.

Kids aged 6-10 will use Scratch programming IDE from https://scratch.mit.edu. Kids aged 10-14 will leverage repl.it for Python programming.