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Code for Nature Challenge

What do you love the most about nature —the scent of grass after a gentle rain, the early morning chirping of birds, crystal-clear lakes, deep green forests, or majestic snow-capped mountains? Unfortunately, our world is heading in a troubling direction, with record-breaking heat waves, widespread drought, more intense hurricanes, and the accompanying disappearance of habitats for animals on land, in rivers, and in oceans. You might still recall what it was like 20 years ago, but what about our children? What kind of world will they inherit in another 20 years?

At Create & Learn, we believe that the fundamental goal of learning is to solve real-world problems. So we are hosting a Code for Nature challenge this summer to encourage students to apply what they have learned to raise awareness, protect our nature, help those affected by environmental change, and potentially solve some critical issues.

How to Enter the Code for Nature Challenge

Students can use any platforms or tools to build stories, games, or apps with a general nature theme. Some examples might include:

  • A Scratch game that teaches people how to conserve energy when driving or using air conditioning.
  • A Minecraft mod that creates a nature-friendly city with plenty of plants, trees, flowers, and habitats for wildlife.
  • A mobile app that calculates how much CO2 people are generating from activities like driving, fast fashion, and food waste.
  • An AI system that recognizes if plants are under heat stress.
  • A Canva poster highlighting the biggest contributors to environment change.

And so much more… In particular, we encourage students to uncover and address what has affected their own areas the most.

Winners will be selected through a combination of community voting and evaluation by our teacher experts. Ten winners will each receive a $15 Amazon gift card (see FAQ for details). Students in grades 2-12 are welcome to join. Submit your project by August 25th, and we will announce the winners by September 10th.


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Code for Nature Challenge Workshop

Code for Nature Challenge Workshop

Grades 2-12

The world is changing: record-breaking heat waves, widespread drought, intense hurricanes, and the accompanying disappearance of habitats for animals on land, in rivers, and in oceans. Encourage your student to enter our Code for Nature challenge [https://www.create-learn.us/code-for-nature], and apply what they have learned to raise awareness, protect the environment, help those affected by environmental change, and potentially solve environmental issues. Submit your project by August 25th for a chance to be one of 10 winners to win a $15 Amazon gift card! To help students create their projects, we are hosting a series of free live online events led by an expert: * July 20th at 11 am PT: Introduction to the challenge, collecting data, and identifying local environmental issues you're passionate about * July 26th at 5 pm PT: Defining project ideas for the issues you've identified * August 4th at 11 am PT: Coding assistance - come ask any questions you might have * August 16th at 5 pm PT: Coding assistance and guidance on how to submit projects These events will attract many students, so save your spot today. If you are interested in receiving dedicated help, please sign up for private tutoring [https://www.create-learn.us/tutoring]. Build skills to create any project you can dream to help the planet in our popular live online classes: * Scratch Ninja [https://www.create-learn.us/coding-for-kids/scratch] (grades 2 - 5) or Accelerated Scratch [https://www.create-learn.us/coding-for-kids/advanced-scratch] (grades 6 - 9) * Canva for Kids [https://www.create-learn.us/design-for-kids/graphic-design-canva] (grades 4 - 8) * Mobile Coding for Apps and Games [https://www.create-learn.us/mobile-for-kids/first-mobile-apps] (grades 5 - 10) * Python for AI [https://www.create-learn.us/coding-for-kids/python](grades 5 - 12)

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To help students create their projects, we will host a series of free events:

  • July 20th at 11 am: Introduction to the challenge, collecting data, and identifying local environmental issues you're passionate about
  • July 26th at 5:00 pm: Defining project ideas for the issues you've identified
  • August 4th at 11 am: Coding assistance - come ask any questions you might have
  • August 16th at 5:00 pm: Coding assistance and guidance on how to submit projects

These events will attract many students. If you are interested in receiving dedicated help, please sign up for a private tutoring session.

Come join us! Together, we can make our world better.


FAQs

How do I submit my project?

Submit your project in the Gallery and click on the Code for Nature checkmark to confirm submission.

How many projects can I enter?

You can enter up to two projects per student, but each student can only win once.

Do I have to be a Create & Learn student to join?

No, you do not need to be a Create & Learn student to participate. However, when submitting the project, you do need a free Create & Learn account.

About the $15 winner award

Winners in the US will have the option of taking a $15 Amazon.com gift card or taking the $15 as class credits. For students outside of the US, we only issue class credits since we are unable to issue gift cards that are not for the Amazon.com US store.

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