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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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Updated: Mar 9


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: mintgenie.edu@gmail.com

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