Challenge for middle school students: code your way to victory and win scholarships to the University of Bridgeport

Thirty-three teams will square off when the University hosts the state's first Cyber Robotics Coding Competition
Logo for the CRCC fall 2018 competition

Connecticut middle school students have the opportunity to win $1,000 scholarships to the University of Bridgeport by winning Connecticut’s first Cyber Robotics Coding Competition on Friday, December 7, 2018.

Cyber Robotics Coding Competitions (CRCC) are eight-week online coding and robotics tournaments that are held across the U.S. and internationally for students in grades 5 through 9.

Held state by state, each CCRC tournament is organized in three stages: an initial three-week Boot Camp enables students to learn about coding and robotics by working on 80 virtual lessons, known as online “missions.” The second stage, or Qualifiers, challenges students to earn points for their school teams by successfully completing up to 20 interactive online coding missions. The third stage is called Finals.

In Connecticut, 33 top middle school teams comprised of 66 students have advanced to CCRC Finals. Teams will compete at the University of Bridgeport’s Cox Student Center, starting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

University President Laura Skandera Trombley and College of Engineering, Business, and Education Dean Tarek Sobh will present $1,000 scholarships to each of the four students from the top two winning teams. 

“We hope that events like this and the incentive that the University of Bridgeport is providing will entice more students to choose these STEM disciplines for their future education,” Sobh said. "They provide a wonderful opportunity for middle school students to learn about STEM, coding, and robotics as well as expose them to university programs and career paths."

The CCRC tournament is just one of many programs that the University promotes in partnership with Connecticut schools and local districts, said Nancy DeJarnette, an associate professor at the School of Education who was instrumental in bringing the cyber coding event to campus. "We are eager for K-12 students to engage in activities that introduce them to STEM and inspire them to envision academic and career possibilities," DeJarnette added.

The School of Engineering at the University of Bridgeport prepares students for leadership and technology positions in industry, government, and academia through distinguished BS, MS, and PhD programs that feature applications-oriented and real-world approaches to interdisciplinary issues. The School of Engineering also offers accelerated BS-to-MS programs designed to allow undergraduate students with strong academic records in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Cyber Coding Robotics Competitions are arranged and sponsored by Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation (ISCEF), a non-profit educational foundation.  

The Connecticut CRCC Finals are presented by the University of Bridgeport in partnership with the Connecticut Computer Science Teachers Association, Connecticut Technology and Engineering Education Association, e-STEM Solutions, and Girls Who Code.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu