Bookmark these K-12 Coding Competitions

Bookmark these 2023 STEM competitions that can help students build their leadership, team building, and coding skills in the new year. Looking for more reasons to sign them up? Check out our post on “6 Benefits of Robotics Competitions.”

STEM Competitions

1. Wonder Workshop’s Wonder League Robotics Competition (WLRC)

Your students can compete with students virtually from around the world. Get in on the global action by learning more about WLRC Year 8 and registering  here.

2. National Robotics Week (RoboWeek)

Host your own event for RoboWeek or find an event (virtual or in-person) that you and your students can join. Explore RoboWeek activities here.

3. Congressional App Challenge

This yearly coding App challenge is run by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives for middle schoolers and high schoolers. The goal of the competition is to inspire future STEM workers. Winners are invited to #HouseofCode Capitol Hill Reception in D.C., and their apps are displayed in the U.S. Capital Building and on the House of Representatives’ website. In 2021, 40% of students who participated identified as beginner coders. Click here to learn more.

4. Source America Design Challenge

In this national engineering challenge, high school and college students design and evaluate assistive technologies that improve workplace inclusion for workers with disabilities. Check it out here.

5. TCEA’s 3D Design Contest

TCEA supplies a real-world problem, and students will need to develop a 3D printed solution, giving students practice on the Engineering Design Process and 3D modeling software. Students can compete at the 6-8 grade-level or the 9-12 grade-level group. Explore the details here.

6. Hour of Code

This yearly global event aims to get everyone, even those without coding experience, coding for an hour. Create your own event or join an event. Learn more here.

7. ICode

This yearly event is the largest K-12 coding competition. Each year students start by competing at the state-level, and if they make the finals, they’ll challenge peers from around the world at the global-level. Check out the details here.

8. Google’s Code Jam

Code Jam is Google’s longest running global coding competition. Code Jam offers one of three competitions for participants of all skill levels. Find the right Google Code Jam competition for your students here.

9. VEX Robotics Competition

Students play against each other in a game-based engineering challenge. Remote options are available. Click here to learn more.

10. Soft Robotics Design Competition

High schoolers can compete to construct wearable robotics that assist in human movement and object manipulation. Learn more here.

11. Robofest

For this global competition hosted by Lawrence Technological Institute, students can use any robotics kits and programming language to design, construct, and program robots. Get the details here.

Which competitions are you planning on joining in 2023? Share with us in the comments below.

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