Code Championship is rolling out competitive, week-long bootcamps for young coders this summer.
Beginning in early June, more than 20 school districts from across Minnesota have opportunities for kids between 9-15 years old who want to spend time in code immersion. Once they’ve built their ‘bots’, they will compete head to head live:
Above, Alex (Green Bot) and Quinn (Blue Bot) have both written code for their bots to collect the targets scattered throughout the arena. Whoever has the most points after 30 seconds will win.
Organizer Luke Schlangen says no previous coding experience is necessary for participants, just a practical knowledge of typing and mousing; it’s $106-$160 to register. He anticipates between 300-400 total participants this inaugural year.
Code Championship has partnered with High Tech Kids this year and plans to crown one ‘Minnesota Code Champion’ on the August 17th finale at the end of the season — complete with a trophy and recognition.
“We will be able to recognize some talented young people,” Schlangen concludes. “A potential direction for us may to develop a STEM talent pipeline in the long run.”