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Code Week 2021 Update:

This year was another chance for us to motivate and inspire children in the field of STEM. This has been our primary goal and will continue to be. Thanks to the effort of TinkerTank and Codeweek BW, we had the opportunity to conduct courses in which we continued the Arcade Game Development workshop which was in demand just like last year. We also introduced another workshop using a simulator called "Robot Simulator using Gearsbot". We have been using the Gearsbot simulator for over 2 years now for our courses and we are very impressed by the work of the Singapore based developer - https://aposteriori.com.sg. Here is a quick snapshot from both of our workshops.

This year we did see a small dip in the participant count than we initially imagined understandably because of online events being commonplace almost everyday. We would like to up the notch soon with a lot more classroom sessions where we can meet the kids face-to-face and that really makes a big difference.

It was a great experience working with the codeweek team and also glad to know that codeweek could reach more children with a lot more events this year. The social media experience was also strong which helped us connect with other codeweek teachers too. We are proud to be a part of the movement and would always be ready to support at the shortest notice.


AstroPi Update:

We received the certificates from the AstroPi workshop which we conducted earlier this year (in March) where kids wrote program that would run on he Raspberry Pi based AstroPi systems that are on the International space station. The programs were to run for 30 seconds which showed the humidity of the environment along with a nice message to the Astronauts. What better time to share it than when Astronaut Thomas Pesquet returned back to Earth on the Dragon Spacecraft. This was a very exciting moment for us too.

Coding for Competition Update:

Before we took a break in August this year, we had just finished an exciting course where kids learnt to code for competitions with some interesting props and challenges. We had setup some challenges in Lego and had pimped up our Maqueen Robot - you might have seen a sneakpeek in our previous blog. It eventually turned out even robust and accessorised thanks to the effort of the team.











We had prepared the kits for the enrolled students consisting of all these accessories and the procurement was a nice exercise where we learnt some new skills for ourselves too. Checkout some images below

I should pick out more time for these blogs as there is always a lot to talk about... Most importantly whats coming up???

We have started a new course "Learn Python Programming with Raspberry Pi" along with the "Rule the Robotz" course and this time we have combined the "Coding for Competition" segment into "Rule the Robotz" and running it for 7 months.

Visit our home page to enroll.

We are actively waiting for students to enroll in these courses and be amazed by the cool things they can learn and proudly show off to their friends. We are trying to reach out to more schools and libraries too, so if you think we could help someone you know, then dont hesitate to send us a note.


Meanwhile... keep inspiring and motivating.

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It has been a while since I shared my thoughts here and lot of things have happened meanwhile. Lets start with the highlights:

- We concluded our 2nd batch of "Rule the Robotz" workshop and we are thankful for the responses of the parents. In my opinion it was a great success. I wouldn't be wrong if I spoke on behalf of the parents.

- We followed up with our RoboCompete Competition and just sent out the last of the Prize shipments. The winners are:

  1. Charan (11-14 yr) & Arjun (8-10 yr) - First Prize

  2. Advik, Aarit (11-14 yr) & Ishaan (8-10 yr) - Second Prize

  3. Pranav (11-14yr) - 3rd Prize

Once again the point was not to test the skill or knowledge but to show the kids a taste of the competition dynamics


Our promise to keep the learning flow brings us to our new announcements - we are launching a new workshop called "Coding for Competitions" where we will focus on teaching kids the most important concepts that would help them when they start preparing for Robotics competitions, be it Lego's FLL or WRO or any other. Check out more details on our registration page: https://www.mintgenie.de/event-info/b1-coding-for-competitions


Our new course for kids aged 11-15 yrs
Coding for Competitions

We are not going to let anyone behind. If you missed joining our course the last time around, then we are going to be starting the next batch of "Rule the Robotz" - which is a beginner programming course and it will be the 3rd session so we will also be fine-tuning it with all the learnings from previous batches.


Stepping back I look at the opportunities to inspire kids and I am at awe, the list is endless but here are a few that I have loved and want to share.

Below are few of the platforms I have used very often and are the best in my opinion - though it would need careful analysis of the problem one is trying to solve.

Share your thoughts, write to us. (mintgenie.edu@gmail.com) Let us know what you are looking for and how we can help inspire our next generation for a better tomorrow.

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We always wanted to conduct a Robotics competition. The idea behind it is to get the kids familiar with competition situations and rules so that they are comfortable in such situations. We conducted the RoboCompete Workshop which had 3 sessions of training using the GearsBot simulator followed by a 2.5 hour long competition. Conducting a competition in this Corona lockdown situation forced us to look for a simulator which also uses blockly style coding. We found this great opensource tool which is developed by "A Posteriori" Team (https://www.aposteriori.com.sg/). This was like love at first sight, it met all our expectations, it used blockly, it was easy for beginners to start using it, the simulator UI is powerful and at the sametime customizable. It has plenty of built-in features and Mats/Worlds which allows changing the environment. The most exciting feature is the ability to add objects to the Mats/Worlds just like FLL (First Lego League) and other competition mats. We wouldnt have been able to have such a successful session without the support of A Posteriori Team.

Oh and by-the-way, the "thank you list" doesn't end here. We also like to thank Kitronik (https://kitronik.co.uk/) Team for their support (#kitronik).

We announced the winners of the competition today, but deep down we know that the scores are not a true reflection of the capabilities of the students but just the initiation for a league of Competitors. As always, our aim is to help kids become curious and learn something while enjoying.

Proudly presenting the list of top scorers:

A hearty congratulations to the winners and also their parents without whose support this wouldn't have been possible.


Closing an eventful 2020 with a holiday spirit and hope for a dazzling start in 2021.

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays

and

A Very Happy New Year 2021.

See you on the other side...

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