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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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Updated: Nov 2, 2020


About Our Team:

MINT Genie - Focus and Motto

MINT Genie is a technology focused STEM activity center started in 2018.

Our motto is to help children get interested in the various branches of Science, Engineering and Math. Being creative and intuitive in a future surrounded by technology is the way forward.


Q. Why are we participating in Code Week?

We are always looking for opportunities to share our enthusiasm in technology with our community. We have been conducting various activities in Karlsruhe like:

  • Science workshops

  • Robotics classes (both online and in classroom)

  • Toy building workshops

  • Kangaroo Math Preparations

  • Speed-solving Rubik’s Cube workshops

  • Robotics Challenge program and after-school activities at European school, Karlsruhe

We found the Code Week initiative to be very much in-line with our goals and is also a great platform to reach-out to larger audience


Q. What did we offer?

During the “Code Week 2020”, we offered 2 online sessions on Arcade Game Development in English and Deutsch where the children learnt how to create simple Arcade-style games using block programming. This course did not need any background in programming. More details below:


Links for the courses:

https://www.mintgenie.de/event-info/arcade-game-development-english https://www.mintgenie.de/event-info/entwicklung-von-arcade-spielen-deutsch


Some of the example games that were created during the session:



Some Pictures from the event:






Q. How did the participants like it?

Children are only addicted to playing games, but the idea that they can create their own games, share it with friends and have fun is a powerful way of learning.

There was a lot of enthusiasm from the kids and we also received great personal feedback from parents telling that their kids have been building their own games during the recent holidays.


Our Impressions about Code Week BW 2020

We are extremely satisfied with the super-quick support during the registration of teams and sessions and we were also provided all information to set up and get the classes going. The team was very helpful in responding to our questions and it feels great to be working with a like-minded community initiative. We really appreciate the effort of the teams and would like to continue working with Code Week in future. We would be excited to collaborate and work with teams having similar programs and participate in this movement to support children and prepare them for the future!!!


How to reach us

Website: https://www.mintgenie.de

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MINTGenie.de

Email: mingenie.edu@gmail.com

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It feels like home when you hear about like-minded initiaties out there these days. Thanks to a notification from our Team, we learnt about Code Week Baden-Wurttemberg and were just in time to support the cause with few of our Workshops.

To start with, we are offering the "Arcade Game Development" Workshop in both English and Deutsch on 16th and 21st respectively both starting at 16:30 for 90 minutes. This would be a great intro into some programming concepts as well as gaming.


You can register for FREE here:

English: https://www.mintgenie.de/event-info/arcade-game-development-english

Deutsch: https://www.mintgenie.de/event-info/entwicklung-von-arcade-spielen-deutsch


A huge thanks and shoutout to the Code Week BW team for quickly responding and setting up the courses. We have already started receiving entries and I can feel the enthusiasm building. Checkout https://bw.codeweek.de for more events.


About Code Week:

Code Week is a grass-roots movement that celebrates creativity, problem solving and collaboration through programming and other tech activities. The idea is to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn.


This totally matches our Motto and Mantra and we are excited to be working with Code Week Team

#CodeEU #CodeDE, @CodeweekEU, @CodeweekGermany

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