The 2021  Coding Challenge

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Congratulations to Holmes Junior High in Cedar Falls!

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 6th-12th), Central Rivers AEA  hosts the Annual Coding Challenge.  This year’s challenge will open soon!  Can your school steal the trophy from Columbus High School?

The Coding Challenge is a contest to see which Central Rivers AEA middle and high schools can code (program) the most minutes.  The winners are determined by the Average Minutes Coded.  The winner gets to host the traveling trophy!

Hour of Code Challenge Hall of Fame

Mason City Alternative School – 2015
BCLUW Middle School – 2016
South Hardin Middle School – 2017
Aplington-Parkersburg Middle School – 2018
Aplington-Parkersburg High School – 2019

Columbus High School 2020


2021 Hour of Code Challenge Leaderboard

Place District/School Average Minutes Coded Total Minutes Coded
1 Cedar Falls/Holms JH 162.2 3244
2 Aplington-Parkersburg HS 117.2 1055
3 Columbus HS 98 1670
4 BCLUW MS 66.5 4128
5 Aplington Parkersburg MS 46.3 2038

Learning to code is quickly becoming the ideal of digital literacy. Students have been able to “read” code for years but once they learn to code, they are learning the computer equivalent of “writing” and can create and communicate their ideas with others.

When students learn coding, they use their problem-solving, sequencing, critical-thinking, math, logic, creativity, and structured language skills.  The addition of robotics to the coding curriculum provides students with the opportunities to bring their codiing skills from the screen to the physical world.  The earlier we can start students practicing these skills, the sharper those skills will be as they move through school.

The Coding Resources page provides more information on adding coding to the curriculum.  You will find links to more information as well as various tools to use with students of all ages.