"I want to become a developer": Elementary school student swiftly codes a game at Robot Olympics

"I want to become a developer": Elementary school student swiftly codes a game at Robot Olympics

Global robot and coding competition opens overseas participation.


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G-PRC에서 코딩대회에 참가한 초등학생 어린이 /사진=고석용 기자

Elementary school children participating in a coding competition at G-PRC / Photo = Reporter Ko Seok-Yong


“I coded better in this competition than when I practiced.”


November 12th, Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul. The expressions on the faces of approximately 30 children looking at their large laptop screens were serious. The children were coding a game in line with the mission to ‘create a two-player fighting game.’ Children's coding games, such as tag and memorization competitions, also included simple robot engineering tasks such as assembling blocks and linking them with the game.


Yoo Seung-jun, a 6th-grade elementary school student who participated in the competition, said, "When I press the button, I make him (Character A) and him (Character B) move on the screen. It's like they're playing tag."

At the same time, he said that he coded better than when he practiced. This is the scene at 'G-PRC (Global-Pro Robot Championship),' a children's robot and coding competition hosted and organized by educational startup ALUX.





A ‘Children's Robot Olympics’ in both name and reality ... Preliminaries held in overseas nations as well.

 

G-PRC consists of five events for kindergarten and elementary school students, ranging from an event in which students assemble robots or drones and compete against each other, to an event in which they directly design and code programs and robots according to an assigned theme. Since 2014, the competition scale has grown into the so-called 'Children's Robot Olympics,' with overseas preliminary rounds, as well as a national final in 2021.


A coding category, where participants must refer to the presented topic to develop a computer program within a two-hour time limit, was added to the competition. This is the category Yoo Seung-jun was passionate about. Since blocks must be assembled and linked with a program, both software and hardware coding skills were required. Participants developed the program by placing the desired commands on the timeline using a dedicated 'No Code' development program created by ALUX.

Kim Jeong-hoon, head of ALUX Research Institute and a coding category judge, said, "When the topic of '2-player fighting game' is presented, children use their creativity within the given time to plan and develop their own game."

He added, "Creativity, fun, planning skills, and coding that implement their thoughts, comprehensive capabilities, hardware (blocks), software design, and usability are all needed."

At the same time, he added, “Not only the upper grades of elementary school but also the lower grades of elementary school have created algorithms of a considerable level.”


G-PRC에서 코딩대회에 참가한 초등학생 어린이 /사진=고석용 기자

Elementary school children participating in a coding competition at G-PRC / Photo = Reporter Ko Seok-Yong


The competition also included events in which participants had to touch the numbers presented on the monitor with a robot before their opponents, and events in which players had to enter commands into the robot to perform missions. In addition to simply competing for robot manipulation skills, children could freely create robots, so creativity, robot design skills, and complete assembly skills were all required qualities. In the mission performance category, automation design capabilities to simplify commands were required, as well.




“Elementary school students of lower levels also created algorithms that are of an impressive level.”

 

Kang Dong-hoon, a student who participated in the competition, said, "I always liked making things. It's even more exciting and fun because I get to make my own games with coding."

He added, "I want to become a developer when I grow up."


Yoo Seung-jun said, "I want to become an architect when I grow up, and I heard that it is important to use computers in architecture. When I grow up, I will become an architect who makes good use of computer simulations."


Noh Yun-seop, a parent whose son in elementary school participated, said, "I am very satisfied to see my child not only interested but also immersed in these finals rounds," and added, "If my child finds his aptitude through this competition, I plan to actively support him."


According to ALUX, the number of participants this year reached 3,000 with the addition of children who passed the national preliminary round not only in Korea, but also in overseas nations, including China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Brunei. There were more than 1,500 overseas participants.

Among them, 300 children, including 100 from China, 100 from Malaysia, 50 from Singapore, and 50 from Brunei, made it to the finals. And among this group of students, 20 visited Korea to participate in the on-site competition at the Jangchung Gymnasium, while the remaining 280 participated in the competition in their home countries via online means.

Lee Chi-heon, CEO of ALUX, said, “This year is the first time that overseas children have come to Korea to take part in the finals." He added, “We plan to increase the number of entrants next year.”


Meanwhile, Cha Myeong-jun, a 6th grader from Chilbong Elementary School in the 'Creative Mission (Coding)' event, Noh Gyeong-tak, a 5th grader from Pyeongtaek Seojae Elementary School, Lim Wei De and Ang Ken Yee from Malaysia in the 'Speed Touch' event (which involved assembling robots and competing), Ga Woo-Bin, a 5th grader from Pyeongtaek Seojae Elementary School in the 'LED Touch' event, Choi Hye-seong, a 1st grader from Gangneung Yulgok Elementary School in the 'Push and Run' event, and Kim Gyu-seok, a 6th grade elementary school student from Ulsan Wolbong Elementary School in the 'Drone' event all took home the championship title for their respective categories.



12일 오후 서울 중구 장충체육관에서 열린 2023 글로벌 PRC 로봇 코딩 대회(G-PRC)에 참가한 어린이들이 경합을 벌이고 있다. /사진-뉴스1

Children participating in the 2023 Global PRC Robot Coding Competition (G-PRC) held at Jangchung Gymnasium in Jung-gu, Seoul on the afternoon of the 12th are competing. /Photo-News1


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