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Most Improved Fall 2018 Winners

Youth Coding League coaches - the teacher's who made the program happen within the schools - recognized the enormous progress made by one student at their school with the Most Improved award. Congratulations to John at Cape Central Middle School, Paisley at Eagle Ridge Christian School, Caleb at Scott County Central Elementary, Brayden at Kelly Middle School, Will at St. Henry Catholic School, Maddie at Trinity Lutheran School, Christian at Sikeston 5th and 6th Grade Center, Salem at Jackson Middle School and Lillianna at Prodigy Leadership Academy!
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Technical Merit Fall 2018 Winners

Eagle Ridge took home first and third places in the technical category, where coders were judged by industry professionals on coding proficiency. First Place went to Caleb Margrabe, Cohen Thompson and Kota Inman’s “Gaming.co” project, and third place to Parker Johnson, Brody Stucker and Gracen Thompon’s “Coder Kids” project. Scott County Central captured second place in the technical category with Skylar Wallace, Stevey Klingel, Ellie Britt and Caleb Lofton’s project. Technical merit prizes were awarded by developers working in the industry who judged projects based on their usage of code and the understanding of computer science demonstrated. Congratulations to the winners, who worked hard before and after school and gave over their lunches and recesses to work on their projects! See the top 10 technically proficient projects:
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Community Favorite Fall 2018 Winners

One team's group project from each school won a spot in the championship round where they will battled it out for first, second and third places in the Community Favorite category, rallying their communities to entice them to vote. Sikeston 5th and 6th Grade Center took home 1st place, followed by Eagle Ridge Christian School in 2nd and Trinity Lutheran School in 3rd. Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to all of their supporters who helped them bring home the win! 1st place winners won cash, Chromebooks and Tinker crates; 2nd place winners won Chromebooks and Tinker crates and 3rd place winners won Tinker crates. Click below to see the group projects that made it to the Championship round!
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Fall 2018 All-Star Party

Pizza, cupcakes, coding demos, a scavenger hunt and prizes - the inaugural Youth Coding League All-Star party was a hit with over 500 attendees who celebrated the hard work of YCL players throughout the Fall 2018 semester! Stay tuned for information on the proud winners.
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Championship Voting is Live

One team from each school has won a spot in the championship round, where they will battle it out for first, second and third places. The teams aim to win Chromebooks, cash, and Tinker Crates. Help your team succeed by sharing the love on Facebook and tag the Marquette Technology Institute (@MTi). Youth Coding League players are competing to win in three ways: Community voting, with awards for first, second and third places Technical merit, with awards for first, second and third places. Local professional developers will evaluate all of the projects and will select winning projects based on technical prowess. Most improved, with one awardee per school selected by their coaches. Click below to cast your vote and support these students in all of their hard work and learning this semester!
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Schools Vote to Select Their Champion

Who will take home the championship title? It all starts right here - welcome to the Fall 2018 playoffs of the Youth Coding League. In-school voting starts today as schools select the project that will represent them in the Championship round!
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Youth Coding League Gear Shop is Open

You can now rep your favorite Youth Coding League team! YCL hats, shirts and stickers are available for purchase, with 5 logo color choices on the shirts so you can show your support to your favorite Youth Coding League team. Click below to shop. Shipping is not available - items can be picked up at the All-Star Party or at Codefi by prior arrangement with Stacy@Codefiworks.com.
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Scores Settle as Teams Wrap Up Sprints

The last few teams are wrapping up Sprint 8 this week and the scores have settled, with Eagle Ridge holding steady at number one barring any upsets from Sikeston, Cape Central, St. Henry, Jackson or Prodigy as they wrap up their regular season this week. Trinity and Scott County Central have a solid tie for second, but Kelly still has room to rise through the standings as they finish sprints 7 and 8. Stay tuned for the post-season coming your way in the next few weeks!
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Volunteering with Kids Learning to Code

Local developers have been volunteering their time throughout the semester to help Youth Coding League players troubleshoot. One volunteer shared that, "I have really enjoyed going and am really impressed/shocked/amazed at the kiddos' grasp of high-level coding concepts. It's been a real treat. I've really enjoyed being involved." Would you like to share your computer programming expertise with local kids who are learning to code after school? Click below to tell us how you can help, or email Stacy@Codefiworks.com!
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Youth Coding League Players Gear Up

Gear has arrived and the kids are representing their school and the Youth Coding League with hats, stickers and some pretty sweet t-shirts. These players have been working hard all season long, and they've got their eyes on the post-season price! Follow along with student scores:
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Players are Building Coding Skills

Each week's project gives Youth Coding League players a chance to learn a new set of computer science principles that increase in complexity throughout the semester. Projects are getting more involved each week, and the post-season group work will be a showcase of these new skills! In sprint 5, players are learning to make their characters move by using blocks that repeat, and in sprint 6, players work with conditionals for the first time. Click below to see example projects from each week!
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Competition Heats Up

The competition heats up as schools head into Sprint 4, with Sikeston 5th and 6th Grade Center, Scott County Central and Trinity Lutheran School all tied for 2nd place!
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Sprint 3 Teaches Loops

Students are wrapping up work on Sprint 3, where they're learning what loops do as they create a stormy day setting. Click below to see how creative a local student got with Sprint 3!
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Cheer on Players as they Code Their Way Through CS First!

250+ kids are working through the CS First Storytelling curriculum each week at 10 area schools. To keep them motivated and engaged, we built in a competitive element, with players accruing points for every sprint they undertake. Cheer them on and stay up to date on standings here at the link below.
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Youth Coding League Fall 2018

All ten schools participating in the Youth Coding League for Fall of 2018 are digging into the CS First Storytelling curriculum and creating their own stories using code in Scratch, a coding educational tool created by MIT.
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Central Middle School Gets Rolling with Sprint 1

Two classrooms full of engaged middle schoolers started Sprint 1 this week at Cape Central Middle School. Their Scratch projects quickly grew from the standard starter project as players added their own special touches - one player figured out how to customize the sound effects he used in his project. Check out a sample project for Sprint 1 at the link below and follow along with what players are learning week-by-week!
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Youth Coding League Kicks Off at Three Area Schools

Students at Eagle Ridge Christian School, Prodigy Leadership Academy and Trinity Lutheran School worked their way through Sprint 1 of the Youth Coding League this week. Check out the Schedule page above and see what they learned!
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Introducing the Youth Coding League

What if, growing up, Bill Gates was viewed similarly to Michael Jordan? Or Steve Wozniak was as cool as Derek Jeter? What if we took the youth sports model and applied it to computer programming? No more what-ifs. That’s what we’ve done.
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