The 2020  Coding Challenge

Coding trophy small

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7th-13th), Central Rivers AEA  hosts the Annual Coding Challenge.  This year’s challenge is now closed.  Thanks to all of the students who entered and congratulations to 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


2020 Hour of Code Challenge Leaderboard

Place District/School Average Minutes Coded Total Minutes Coded
1 Columbus High School CVCS 504 7560
2 Aplington- Parkersburg High School 493.5 987
3 Marshalltown Miller Middle School 173.4 20,455
4 Union Middle School 165.1 5778
5 Aplington-Parkersburg Middle School 62.7 6145
6 BCLUW Middle School 58 2852
7 Osage Middle School 50 50
8 AGWSR High School 9.5 123

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.