NCSS Challenge 2018

Coding Challenge

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Code from any device, any time – start a question on your iPad at school and finish it off on your computer at home.

Our automarker breaks each problem down into tests and gives you useful feedback to help you solve it!

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Grok competitions are challenging, and we want to recognise students achievements! All students who participate will receive a printable certificate.

It teaches you as you go so you are able to test yourself, but you arent expected to already know everything. I love how the problems are so creative, and entertaining to read. The tutors are also really friendly and respond quickly to queries.

Working on a challenge for hours, racking your brain and thinking about it for hours more, and then the feeling of success and satisfaction when you run it and its correct! I love the little adrenaline rush you get when all the green ticks pop up!

Programming (also known as coding) is how sites like Facebook and apps like Instagram are made. Knowing how to program is like having a computing super power.

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The NCSS Challenge teaches students to code in Python 3.6. Python is an easy to learn scripting language used for many different purposes such as web applications and scientific research. Companies like Google, Facebook and Reddit all use Python in their infrastructure and web services.

Dive straight into coding while using the notes, with interactive code snippets that can be edited and run.

The NCSS Challenge is a programming competition open to all school students and teachers. The Grok Learning team have been running coding competitions like the challenge for over 12 years.

Weve designed our platform with your needs firmly in mind. Let our classroom-ready resources do the heavy lifting of content delivery, so you can focus on your students.

We provide you with all the notes and support you need to run the NCSS Challenge as a classroom activity – no software installation is required. We give you access to the content throughout the year, so you can move at a pace that suits your class. You can track your students progress using our teacher dashboard, and we provide expert support for any questions you have.

The NCSS Challenge is run by Grok Learning, an education start-up from the University of Sydney. Between us we have decades of experience teaching students how to program.

Not only did the challenges allow [students] to develop new skills, it also improved their self confidence as they were able to see the improvements they made as they worked through the problems. Our school based data shows improved computational thinking with improved results in external competitions.

There really isnt a catch! Were committed to supporting teachers, both in and out of the classroom. Thats why we offer all verified teachersfree access to all of our material. Not just this competition, but all of the othercoursesandcompetitionswe run.

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Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have all said that students should learn how to code. Its a skill that not only teaches you how to work with computers, but also teaches you how to think about solving problems with systems.

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Our problem-based learning approach matches each new concept with a problem so you learn by doing!

Starting onMonday 30th July, 2018and running for about 5 weeks, we will release notes and problems containing the information you will need to complete the weeks programming challenges.

The Challenge is used by hundreds of teachers as a key part of their existing computing courses.

The Challenge is supported by an army of expert tutors from universities and our industry sponsors. They personally respond to messages from students, answering questions and helping them learn.

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Students who have normally been less than engaged in Tech are suddenly immersed in it, not only managing to work through the problems and frustrations but also helping each other. The collegiality and collaborative environment is fabulous.

You can use it for your own professional development, to compete alongside your students, or to find out whether the material is suitable for your students.

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Go head to head with students from around the world! Earn points for each problem you solve, and rank on the leaderboard to win glory for yourself and your school!

The NCSS Challenge is unlike any other programming competition. Well teach you how to program as we go along, rather than expecting you to be an expert already. If youre a seasoned coder, we have something for you too the problems range from relatively simple to mind-bendingly hard.

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