Grok Code Quest is a friendly five-week competition where thousands of school students come together to learn to code. Teachers can sign up their students, and students competing individually at home are also welcome!
Grok Code Quest 2016 will run for 5 weeks, from Monday 31st October until Sunday 4th December. Programming challenges are released at the beginning of each week, along with interactive notes that teach you everything you need to complete them.
Grok Code Quest will teach students how to program as we go along, rather than expecting them to be an expert already. With four streams to choose from and problems ranging from simple to challenging, there's something for coders of all experience levels.
Get your students started with our free BBC micro:bit starter course.
If you want to keep learning, Grok Code Quest includes a micro:bit stream which will continue teaching students to program the BBC micro:bit and introduce a whole new world of embedded computing! The micro:bit is a handheld, fully programmable computer being given free to every Year 7 or equivalent child across the UK. The new micro:bit stream will fully simulate the micro:bit in the browser so students can learn MicroPython online.
MicroPython is a lean and fast implementation of the Python 3 programming language for microcontrollers, and can be used to create awesome projects with the micro:bit!
Teaches MicroPython for the BBC micro:bit. No experience required.
Brand new stream and questions!
Teaches Blockly, a visual programming language. No experience required.
Rerun of NCSS Challenge 2016 (Newbies)
Teaches the Python 3 programming language. No experience required.
Rerun of NCSS Challenge 2016 (Beginners)
“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.”
“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!”
“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
Our problem-based learning approach matches each new concept with a problem so you learn by doing!
Code from any device, any time - start a question on your iPad at school and finish it off on your computer at home.
Dive straight into coding while using the notes, with interactive code snippets that can be edited and run.
Our automarker breaks each problem down into tests and gives you useful feedback to help you solve it!
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 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.
Find a welcoming community of students, teachers and tutors on the forums. Find help from qualified tutors, and chat in a safe, moderated environment.
Grok competitions are challenging, and we want to recognise students’ achievements! All students who participate will receive a printable certificate.
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!
There really isn't a catch! We're committed to supporting teachers, both in and out of the classroom. That's why we offer all verified teachers free access to all of our material. Not just this competition, but all of the other courses and competitions we run.
You can use it for your own professional development, to compete alongside your students, or to find out whether the material is suitable for your students.Request teacher access
* Prices are per student.