NASA, Texas Instruments to Host Virtual Coding Competition

By Perry Cohen

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

April 23, 2020

News

NASA, Texas Instruments to Host Virtual Coding Competition

Texas Instruments (TI) and NASA announced they are collaborating to create a space-themed coding contest for middle and high school students.

Texas Instruments (TI) and NASA announced they are collaborating to create a space-themed coding contest for middle and high school students. During NASA & TI Codes Contest, students will compete to improve a process or product on the  International Space Station. Students can create anything from tools to help astronauts stay in shape, to more efficient communication processes.

“As NASA celebrates the 20th anniversary of continuous human presence aboard the International Space Station and prepares to send astronauts to the Moon and on to Mars, we remain focused on the future,” said associate administrator for NASA’s office of STEM engagement Mike Kincaid, in a press release. “The Artemis Generation is that future and creating opportunities that encourage teamwork, collaboration and problem solving will put them on the course to become the next generation of explorers.”

The code contest is simple to enter, according to the company, and team of up to five students are encouraged. Teams will collaborate virtually and submit a written proposal of either the process or product they have chosen to improve. A judging panel compiled of experts from both NASA and TI will determine if teams advance in the contest. As teams advance, they will have to code and build their proposed design to be showcased in a video.

Up to five teams could win and get a chance to visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston this fall. If there is an improvement in travel conditions, teams may be able to present their designs in person.

Additionally, each member of the winning team will receive a TI graphing calculator and TI's calculator-controlled robotic vehicle, the TI-Innovator™ Rover. The teacher or adult that sponsors the winning team also wins a $250 gift card to help cover the cost of future class activities.

Review the rules, form a team and enter the NASA & TI Codes Contest today at www.NASATICodesContest.com.

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Perry Cohen, associate editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content editing and creation, podcast production, and social media efforts. Perry has been published on both local and national news platforms including KTAR.com (Phoenix), ArizonaSports.com (Phoenix), AZFamily.com, Cronkite News, and MLB/MiLB among others. Perry received a BA in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State university.

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