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Community Favorite Voting: Round 1

Nov 25, 2021

They rose to the top in the preliminary round and are proudly representing their school in Round 1, where they're facing off against other school champions for the first time in this playoff series. Your votes determine who goes on to Round 2 - cast them now and show these hard-working young coders your support.

Community Favorite Voting: Round 1
Preliminary Round Winners

Preliminary Round Winners

Nov 25, 2021

It's official: school champions have been selected and the postseason is about to heat up! Check out which project from each school will go on to face off against other schools in the playoffs

Preliminary Round Voting is Open

Nov 20, 2021

A school champion has to rise to the top to get the postseason Community Favorite competition really rolling. Preliminary round voting to decide who will rep their school is officially open! Community Favorite Preliminary Round voting closes on November 22 at 12 a.m.; 1 vote/person/division/round.

Preliminary Round Voting is Open
Group Work Begins

Group Work Begins

Nov 12, 2021

Youth Coding League coders are digging in to their postseason project as of this week! Coders in the middle school division who worked on the Storytelling curriculum in the regular season will build group projects that uses everything they learned this fall to think about how computer science will change how stories are shared in the future. Junior High coders, fresh out of their regular season's Art curriculum, will also group up to create projects that showcase their new skillset and describe how computer science will change how art is created in the future. These group projects our young coders are building are competitive in virtual bracket-style competitions in both the Community Favorite and Technical Merit categories. It feels like YCL coders raise the bar for excellence every single season, and we are so pumped to see what they have to show us this Fall. Stay tuned for more competition details.

Regular Season, Future-Ready Skills

Nov 5, 2021

They know all about randomness, loops, modularity, conditionals, cloning, events, variables, and other basics of computer science as the 9-week long regular season of the Youth Coding League wraps up this week, and the resiliency they've built through problem-solving and debugging, strengthened collaboration skills, and enhanced logical thinking abilities are all going to come in handy in the postseason!

Regular Season, Future-Ready Skills
The Middle School Cliff and What We're Doing About It

The Middle School Cliff and What We're Doing About It

Oct 29, 2021

The Youth Coding League serves students in grades 5-8. If you've ever wondered why this age group is our current focus, we're sharing why it's so important at the link.

Youth Coding League Fall 2021 Regular Season Midpoint: a Look at Team Standings

Oct 21, 2021

Take a look at comprehensive team standings midway through the Youth Coding League's regular season at the link!

Youth Coding League Fall 2021 Regular Season Midpoint: a Look at Team Standings
Sprint 5

Sprint 5

Oct 15, 2021

This week in Sprint 5, junior high coders dive into conditionals and how computers use "if-then" statements to make decisions, while middle school coders tackle broadcast coding blocks as they create a story with a narrator and a character.

Sprint 3 Scores

Oct 12, 2021

The large field of perfect scores from Sprint 1 in individual coder standings has narrowed as of Sprint 3 scores going live on Friday, but two coders from Christ Community Lutheran School in Kirkwood, MO in the middle school division and a larger group from Scott County Central, Eagle Ridge Christian, and St. Henry in the junior high division are hanging on tight to those perfect "80s"! Team standings as of Sprint 3 show rookie teams keeping veteran teams company in the top 5 with Scott County Central maintaining the top spot from Sprint 2, St. Henry holding steady in 2nd, Eagle Ridge in 3rd, King City in 4th, and a tie for 5th between Jackson Junior High and Ste. Genevieve Middle School. The middle school division has rookie schools ruling the rankings with Ben Johnson and Irvington elementaries - both from Hardinsburg, KY (that local competition is fierce!) - tying for first, with King City in 2nd, Christ Community Lutheran continuing their climb to the top in 3rd this week, Heath Elementary in 4th, and Eagle Ridge Christian School rounding out that top 5 in 5th. We're following along as you build those computer science skills, YCL coders, and we are cheering your progress every step of the way!

Sprint 3 Scores
Sprint 2 Scores

Sprint 2 Scores

Oct 8, 2021

Here's a look at how team standings are looking after Sprint 2: in the Junior High division, 1st and 2nd place traded hands with Scott County Central Elementary in 1st and St. Henry Catholic School tied for 2nd with Eagle Ridge Christian School. We've got another tie for 3rd between Sainte Genevieve R II School District Middle School and Sikeston Junior High School, King City R-1 School holding steady in 4th place, and Joseph Arthur Middle School in 5th. We saw some minor shuffling in the top spots in the Middle School division with the Irvington Elementary Wildcats climbing from 3rd place to 2nd, King City hanging on to 1st, and Ben Johnson Elementary shifting from 2nd place to 3rd. We saw bigger moves farther down on the roster, with Bishop Seabury Academy vaulting from 16th to 10th, Central Middle School moving from 16th to 12th, and Eagle Ridge from 7th to 5th. The competition remains fierce on the individual coder side, with perfect scores tying coders for first place from Sikeston Middle School Christ Community Lutheran School, Scott County Central, Eagle Ridge Christian School, St. Henry School, and Jackson Junior High School. Stay tuned to see how Sprint 3 changes the game next week, and check out the full standings at the link.

Sprint 3

Oct 1, 2021

What are coders learning this week while working through Sprint 3? Junior high Youth Coding League coders are building an interactive project using events that makes famous paintings talk when they're clicked. Middle school YCL coders are applying what they've learned about randomness and loops as they create a dynamic stormy day setting.

Sprint 3
Sprint 1 Scores Are In

Sprint 1 Scores Are In

Sep 28, 2021

Sprint 1 scores are in, and we are delighted to see the middle school division top team spots full of rookie teams (King City R-I School District in 1st, Ben Johnson Elementary School in 2nd, and Joseph Arthur Middle School, way to make your presence in the YCL known!) while the junior high division has seasoned veterans crowding premium rankings (welcome BACK St. Henry Catholic School, Scott County Central Elementary, and Eagle Ridge Christian School!) In individual coder rankings, Lindsay (Sikeston Middle School), Malorie, and Aaron (Christ Community Lutheran School) tied for first with perfect scores in the middle school division, and first place is crowded with a 14-way tie for 7th and 8th-grade coders (that competition this season is going to be something to watch). The YCL is off to a competitive start, follow along throughout the season!

Fall 2021 Youth Coding League Season Preview

Sep 10, 2021

Coders and their coaches are gearing up for a fall season of computer science education and coding competition in the Youth Coding League. Here’s a look at the roster landscape at the start of the regular season at the link!

Fall 2021 Youth Coding League Season Preview
Fall 2021 Season Kickoff

Fall 2021 Season Kickoff

Sep 10, 2021

It's game time: coders are officially hard at work in the regular season, and they're learning their way around Scratch, CS First, and the Youth Coding League's competitive element in Sprint 1. We wish them luck and success this season!

Fall 2021 Curriculum

Sep 3, 2021

This fall, middle school coders will work their way through the Storytelling curriculum and will use code to tell fun and interactive stories while junior high coders will work their way through the Art curriculum, creating animations, interactive artwork, photograph filters, and other exciting, artistic projects using code.

Fall 2021 Curriculum
Welcome to the Youth Coding League: Fall 2021

Welcome to the Youth Coding League: Fall 2021

Aug 26, 2021

It's our biggest season yet. Find out which rookie teams are joining the Youth Coding League competition this season at the link!

Coaches' Summit

Aug 18, 2021

We're getting ready for a fall full of coding and competition - our first step is making sure the teachers who are serving as coaches feel empowered and set up for success. Liza, the Youth Coding League Coordinator, is working with teachers this week to get them ready for a successful season of competition!

Coaches' Summit