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Ada Lovelace STEAM Challenge

Welcome to the Ada Lovelace STEAM Challenge by Makeblock Education.

Portrait of Ada, Countess of Lovelace. 1995-796 courtesy of Science Museum Group.

Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician best known for creating the first computer program.

On the occasion of Ada Lovelace day in October, Makeblock Education is launching a challenge to commemorate Ada Lovelace’s contribution to STEAM disciplines.

The Challenge

Storytelling: using mBlock, in combination with Makeblock Education’s programmable kits (optional) and other materials create a story representing how Ada contributed to the foundation of Computer Sciences.

Project Example 1

Create an interactive story using the stage and the sprites in the mBlock platform

Project Example 2

Create a roleplay using Makeblock robots as some of the characters

1st Place Prize

Your choice between

xTool M1 laser machine

Classroom set (12 robots) of Codey Rocky or mBot2.

2nd Place Prize

Your choice between

Half classroom set (6 robots) of Codey Rocky

Half classroom set (6 robots) of mBot2.

3rd Place Prize

Your choice between

3 Codey Rocky

3 mBot2.

The project submission will begin on the 11th of October, 2022. If you would like to stay informed, make sure to sign up.

Details of the challenge

In this section, you will find the submission requirements as well as the timeline for this activity

Who can participate?

Middle school / lower secondary school teams led by a teacher.

A class should be represented by a single team.

Submission requirements

Through the participation form, teams must submit:

The details of the team

A 200-word description of the project

A 2-minute video where the team demonstrates and explains the project.

Terms and Conditions

Teams do not require to purchase any equipment to create their project. It can consist of a creation done solely on the free mBlock 5 programming platform.

A class should be represented by a single team.

Only one registration/submission per team is allowed.

Multiple teams cannot submit the same project.

— The team will be registered by the teacher, who will also ensure that the appropriate permissions have been obtained from the parent/guardian for photo and video material.

Teams that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible to participate in the challenge.

Your Timeline

Key dates to remember

11th October 2022

Ada Lovelace day. Submissions are open.

14th November 2022

Last day for submissions.

1st December 2022

Winners’ announcement.

Assessment criteria

Winners will be selected based on the following criteria

Creativity

How well does the project reflect their artistic side of the students who created it?

Uniqueness

How different is the proposition from that of other participants?

Technical complexity

How advanced are the elements that comprise the idea? For instance, does the project involve a single line of code for a single device? Or does it integrate multiple devices and technologies such as voice recognition and wireless communication?

Integration of the class

How well can the project be implemented as teamwork for other school classes? Is the whole class involved?

Relevance to the topic

How well does the project represent the legacy of Ada Lovelace?