IT Olympics (April 20th-21st 2018) & Middle School Virtual Competition changes:

New this year, there will be three main venues in the 2018 IT Olympics & Middle School Virtual Competition.

  1. Robotics: Robotics will remain the same this year. Options are being explored to expand, modify or change the robotics venue for the 2019 IT Olympic and Middle School Virtual Competitions. These changes may include Android Arduino or Raspberry Pi Technologies. We will likely continue using the Lego kits and introduce/integrate a new platform into the competition.
  2. Game Design: The high school Mobile Apps venue will now be Game Design using Unity! The Middle School Virtual Competition will also be using Unity instead of Alice. Unity is the world-leading creation engine for gaming. We know your students are going to love this new venue! HyperStream clubs may continue to use MIT App Inventor or Alice and the previous curriculum will still be available by clicking here but Mobile Apps will no longer be a venue at the IT Olympics.
  3. Cyber Defense: We are excited to announce new Cyber Defense for middle school! Middle school clubs interested in cyber defense will receive a free copy of the Cyber Security Literacy book and will be able to participate in the first ever middle school Cyber Defense Competition! The Cyber Defense venue at the IT Olympics will stay much the same as past years. More Security Literacy curriculum is being developed to help support your cyber teams. The Security Literacy Project is dedicated to providing educators the materials needed to teach security-literacy to grades K – 16. Based off the successful security literacy course offered at ISU. The curriculum can be found at – www.security-literacy.org.

Please note that Multimedia will no longer be a main Venue at the IT Olympics or the Middle School Virtual Competition. The multiple skills can still be incorporated in the Community Service venue as teams create multimedia presentations for the Community Service venue. The previous curriculum will still be available by clicking here but Multimedia will no longer be a competition venue at the IT Olympics or Middle School Virtual Competition.

The Community Service venue will still be a required element as your club’s “ticket” into the IT Olympics as it has in the past.

Best team logo and best name will also continue to be fun challenges at the IT Olympics and Middle School Virtual Competition.

Monthly Training Webinars: Webinars will be a new free resource for teachers starting this fall! These webinars will cover a new topic each month. Our first webinar will be Wednesday, September 13th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. The first webinar will be training on our new Game Design venue using Unity. The webinars will be recorded for those of you who cannot attend. To attend the webinar click here.

Questions/Feedback: Please email Sam Oppel, sam@technologyiowa.org