Challenge 2018

Starts July 30th

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“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think”
—Steve Jobs

What's the Challenge?

The Challenge is a programming competition open to all school students and teachers. The Grok Learning team have been running coding competitions like the challenge for over 12 years.

The Challenge is unlike any other programming competition. We’ll teach you how to program as we go along, rather than expecting you to be an expert already. If you’re a seasoned coder, we have something for you too – the problems range from relatively simple to mind-bendingly hard.

Starting on Monday 30th July, 2018 and running for about 5 weeks, we will release notes and problems containing the information you will need to complete the week's programming challenges.

Why learn to code?

Programming (also known as coding) is how sites like Facebook and apps like Instagram are made. Knowing how to program is like having a computing super power.

Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have all said that students should learn how to code. It’s a skill that not only teaches you how to work with computers, but also teaches you how to think about solving problems with systems.

The Challenge teaches students to code in Python 3.6. Python is an easy to learn scripting language used for many different purposes such as web applications and scientific research. Companies like Google, Facebook and Reddit all use Python in their infrastructure and web services.

What students and teachers are saying…

“It teaches you as you go so you are able to test yourself, but you aren't expected to already know everything. I love how the problems are so creative, and entertaining to read. The tutors are also really friendly and respond quickly to queries.”

Lauren, 17

“Working on a challenge for hours, racking your brain and thinking about it for hours more, and then the feeling of success and satisfaction when you run it and it's correct! I love the little adrenaline rush you get when all the green ticks pop up!”

Lillian, 14

“Students who have normally been less than engaged in Tech are suddenly immersed in it, not only managing to work through the problems and frustrations but also helping each other. The collegiality and collaborative environment is fabulous.”

Sujatha, Technology Teacher

“Not only did the challenges allow [students] to develop new skills, it also improved their self confidence as they were able to see the improvements they made as they worked through the problems. Our school based data shows improved computational thinking with improved results in external competitions.”

Linda, Technology Teacher

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The most effective way for students to learn coding.

Challenging problems

Our problem-based learning approach matches each new concept with a problem so you learn by doing!

Code in the browser

Code from any device, any time - start a question on your iPad at school and finish it off on your computer at home.

Interactive notes

Dive straight into coding while using the notes, with interactive code snippets that can be edited and run.

Intelligent automarking

Our automarker breaks each problem down into tests and gives you useful feedback to help you solve it!

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Designed for teachers

We've designed our platform with your needs firmly in mind. Let our classroom-ready resources do the heavy lifting of content delivery, so you can focus on your students.

View student progress

View and edit your students’ details, and easily keep track of their progress on our teacher dashboard. Get quick updates at a glance, or drill down to see all student activity.

Students will also receive…

Online tutor support

Find a welcoming community of students, teachers and tutors on the forums. Find help from qualified tutors, and chat in a safe, moderated environment.

Certificate of achievement

Grok competitions are challenging, and we want to recognise students’ achievements! All students who participate will receive a printable certificate.

Rank on the leaderboard

Go head to head with students from around the world! Earn points for each problem you solve, and rank on the leaderboard. to win glory for yourself and your school!

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