Caroline Middle Schoolers Successfully Compete in Computer Robotics Coding Competition

(PDF with photos) April 10, 2018 – Four students from Caroline County participated in the Computer Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) Finals Event at the USA Science and Engineering Festival on April 7th. 

CCRC is powered by CoderZ, an online learning environment where students worldwide learn STEM by coding virtual 3D robots. The competition focuses on inclusiveness, diversity, and scalability, and combines both an online and in-person experience. 

The competition began in March with an online Boot Camp. 3000 students from schools in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. spent two weeks coding robots, completing missions, and earning points towards a spot in the finals, which is an in-person event. Of the 49 schools competing, only half won an invitation to the finals, with Colonel Richardson Middle School (CRMS) and Lockerman Middle School (LMS) among those qualifying. 

Stephen Davilla, 6th grade and Caroline Newcomb, 8th grade, from CRMS, and Grayson Dean and Hailey Porter, both in 7th grade at LMS, then moved onto the finals in Washington D.C. 

At the in-person event, each team completed 18 coding missions within a 2.5 hour window. Of the 21 schools present, the Lockerman team finished in 8th place, and the Colonel Richardson team finished in 12th place. 

Students were led by coaches Rob Honer, 6th grade science teacher at CRMS, and Trina Honer, technology teacher at LMS. Both teachers agree that at this first CRCC event of this type, the performance by Caroline students was impressive.