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Community Favorite Finals Voting

Community Favorite Finals Voting

Dec 1, 2022

It's the biggest event of them all: the Finals and we have confident and capable coders ready to excel at the highest level of competition we've seen yet! While top Technical Merit projects are undergoing their final round of scrutiny by professional developers, you can cast your vote in the Community Favorite category to support YCL coders starting today, November 30 at 12 p.m. --> December 5 at 8 a.m. Remember: 1 vote/round/person/division Weigh in by casting your vote:

Semifinals Winners Announced

Semifinals Winners Announced

Dec 1, 2022

The best of the best are rising to the top! Find out who made it to the Semifinals:

Technical Merit Semifinal Judging

Technical Merit Semifinal Judging

Nov 25, 2022

Groups of professional software developers are gathering to evaluate Technical Merit track projects for coding proficiency and skill. Projects are judged anonymously, so a judge's pride in their alma mater can't influence scores. Take a look at YCL Technical Merit track projects:

Community Favorite Semifinal voting

Community Favorite Semifinal voting

Nov 25, 2022

The brackets are built and YCL coders are set to square off in the Semifinals. Cast your vote in the Community Favorite category starting today, November 24 at 8 a.m. --> November 29 at 8 a.m. Friendly reminder: 1 vote/round/person/division

Preliminary Round Winners Announced

Preliminary Round Winners Announced

Nov 24, 2022

Preliminary round winners are in!

Community Favorite Preliminary Round Voting

Community Favorite Preliminary Round Voting

Nov 19, 2022

Help determine which YCL group project on each team will represent their school in the rest of the Community Favorite category of the postseason, cast your vote starting today, November 18 at 8 a.m. --> November 22 at 8 a.m. Remember: 1 vote/round/person/division Weigh in by casting your vote:

Prizes Overview

Prizes Overview

Nov 17, 2022

Youth Coding League coders are working to win big prizes, honor, and glory. Honor and glory are harder to picture but here are the actual prizes winners will receive:

Group Work Week 2

Group Work Week 2

Nov 15, 2022

Group work continues and Youth Coding League coders are building out some amazing projects. Study the tape of past postseason winners while coders work:

Sprint 8 Scores Live

Sprint 8 Scores Live

Nov 12, 2022

Sprint 8 scores are live, and that wraps up the regular season competition! YCL staff are breaking ties and the top 10 regular season coders will be officially released during postseason awards announcements. See how coders landed in the league-wide regular season rankings:

Postseason Overview

Postseason Overview

Nov 8, 2022

The postseason kicks off on Friday, November 18th and the competition is stacking up to be fierce! Coders will compete in virtual, bracket-style competitions in Community Favorite and Technical Merit categories with big prizes on the line for the winners. Here's what coders are up against: In the preliminary round of the Technical Merit and Community Favorite categories, one project will rise to the top to represent each team as the school champion. Coaches select Technical Merit projects with the help of YCL staff in this round, while the community votes to determine which project will go on to the next round of competition in the Community Favorite category. After the preliminary round, YCL teams are seeded into brackets based on their team's regular season rankings, and the teams with the most votes in Community Favorite or the highest scores in Technical Merit get to move on to the Semifinals and Finals. Technical Merit scores are assigned by a team of professional software developers who evaluate projects anonymously for code proficiency and skill, while communities get to vote on and support their teams in the Community Favorite category. Winners are announced in early December. With so much on the line, each round is a level up on the race to claim prizes and top spots! Stay tuned to find out how you can help lift up YCL coders to the Finals where those big prizes will be within reach.

Group Work Week 1

Group Work Week 1

Nov 8, 2022

After a 9-week-long regular season of skill building, coders are set loose in a group environment to showcase what they can create using code. Group work begins today, and the projects coders have started building will be competitive in league-wide, virtual, bracket-style competitions over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more postseason competition info and get ready to show your support to our Youth Coding League teams!

Sprint 7 Scores Live

Sprint 7 Scores Live

Nov 5, 2022

We're down to the last 2 sprints as leaders solidify their holds on top spots; Sprint 7 scores are live, see how coders and teams are faring:

Sprint 8

Sprint 8

Nov 1, 2022

Coders in both divisions are reflecting on what they learned over the regular season in Sprint 8, and gearing up for the postseason that kicks off next week!

Sprint 6 Scores Live

Sprint 6 Scores Live

Oct 29, 2022

In the latter half of the regular season, every point counts. See how Sprint 6 shook out for competing coders; scores are live:

Sprint 7

Sprint 7

Oct 25, 2022

It's Sprint 7 this week, with only one more sprint in the regular season after this! Middle school coders are getting a feel for how computer science works in various industries, while junior high coders are introduced to parallelism.

Sprint 5 Scores Live

Sprint 5 Scores Live

Oct 22, 2022

Coders and teams are making moves and hanging onto their rankings as Sprint 5 scores hit the leaderboards:

Sprint 6

Sprint 6

Oct 18, 2022

5th and 6th grade coders are learning about procedures this week as their junior high counterparts dig in to variables. Track what our coders are learning each week here:

Sprint 4 Scores Live

Sprint 4 Scores Live

Oct 15, 2022

How are our coders and team(s) looking at the mid-point of the season? Sprint 4 scores are live!

Sprint 5

Sprint 5

Oct 11, 2022

Digging into variables during Sprint 5, our middle schoolers will apply this concept as they build out a DJ Mixer, while junior high coders work through procedures via a texting story project. Take a look at how these coding concepts are applied in their projects this week:

Sprint 3 Scores Live

Sprint 3 Scores Live

Oct 8, 2022

Leaders are emerging as 3 sprints are officially logged on the league-wide standings page! See how coders and teams are doing now that Sprint 3 scores are live:

Sprint 4

Sprint 4

Oct 4, 2022

Sprint 4 marks the mid-point of the regular season, and this week, middle school coders are doing a code review of skills learned so far while junior high coders work on sequencing. See what skills YCL coders add to their toolkits each week at the link:

Sprint 2 Scores Live

Sprint 2 Scores Live

Oct 1, 2022

What moves were made from Sprint 1 --> Sprint 2? Find out on the freshly updated leaderboards:

Sprint 3/Sprint 2 Scoring

Sprint 3/Sprint 2 Scoring

Sep 27, 2022

It's the middle school division's turn to tackle conditionals this week while junior high coders take on loops. Check out an example of what they're building in Sprint 3 as the YCL scoring team preps Sprint 2 scores to go live on Friday:

Sprint 1 Scores Live

Sprint 1 Scores Live

Sep 24, 2022

Check out how YCL coders did against the other coders across the league, Sprint 1 scores are live!

Sprint 2/Sprint 1 Scoring

Sprint 2/Sprint 1 Scoring

Sep 20, 2022

Youth Coding League teams come together this week for Sprint 2 to learn loops in the middle school division and conditionals in the junior high division, while the YCL's scoring team looks at every project submitted for Sprint 1 to determine where those coders and teams will rank on the leaderboards. Sprint 1 scores go live on Friday, stay tuned to see how coders did in their very first sprint of the Fall '22 regular season, and find out more about what coders are learning each week here:

Sprint 1 Part 2: Scoring

Sprint 1 Part 2: Scoring

Sep 13, 2022

If you want to come out on top, you have to understand the field. Sprint 1 spans 2 weeks, and it's the only sprint that lasts longer than a week to give coders the chance to immerse themselves in the regular season's competitive element. Find out how they'll be scored and ranked on the Youth Coding League's league-wide leaderboards here:

Sprint 1/Season Kickoff

Sprint 1/Season Kickoff

Sep 6, 2022

The Youth Coding League is where coders come to build and hone a new skill set in coding while competing with other coders across the nation, and the 9-week long regular season kicks off this week with Sprint 1 Part 1. Check out how the coders are kicking off the Fall '22 season:

Fall '22 curriculum

Fall '22 curriculum

Sep 2, 2022

Learning to code in a creative way: that's what the Youth Coding League's regular season is all about. This Fall, 5th and 6th graders in the middle school division will tackle the basics of computer science in the Music & Sound curriculum, while 7th and 8th graders in the junior high division will build a new skill set through the Friends curriculum. See what skills they'll be learning, week by week, sprint by sprint, here:

Pre-Season Training

Pre-Season Training

Aug 31, 2022

*Cue to Rocky soundtrack + training montage* Coders are giving a sample CS First activity a shot before the regular season kicks off on September 6th. Give pre-season training a try of your own with this sample activity:

What is the YCL

What is the YCL

Aug 25, 2022

This Fall, over 90 teams from across nine states will have the chance to learn the basics of computer science and coding while competing against teams of coders in schools across the U.S. Our program introduces coding in a team sports environment to 5th-8th graders of all levels of academic achievement and ability. Learn more about our program and why we focus on access, inclusion, and self-efficacy here: