The Girl Scouts are hosting a Robot Takeover Night on Friday, March 29 from 7:30-8:30 for 6th – 12th graders. They are looking for student mentors during this event to help lead an activity. Let RJ know if you are interested in assisting.
I just learned that the State Farm Coding Competition is returning this fall.The Coding Competition is an opportunity for full-time college students to showcase their Java coding language proficiency, creativity and overall technical ingenuity, while competing for prizes. The event is sponsored by State Farm and hosted by Systems Workforce. The annual competition began in 2008. State Farm utilizes this event to promote itself as an IT company, while gaining an additional recruitment advantage at our target universities.
106 students have already signed up across 14 universities. This is a great opportunity to build your programming skills and compete against students from other schools.
- Registration is LIVE now at https://codingcompetition.statefarm.com/home
- The Coding Competition is being advertised during fall campus recruiting events at our target universities.
- The first round is an online coding competition scheduled Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8:00PM CST – 11:59PM CST. During this round, students are tested on their Java programming language skills.
- The top four submissions that meet the criteria advance to the finals and win $800 prize.
- In addition to their $800 prize from the first round, the finalists receive an all-expense paid trip to Dallas, Texas and a chance to compete in the finals.
- The final round, scheduled Friday, November 13, 2015 @ CityLine in Dallas, gives the finalists a chance to engage with State Farm and compete in another coding challenge for the grand prize of $1,500.
So, I started doing some research and figuring out just what all I needed to get started with a “Pi.” (Mmm, Pi! Oh, different Pie). I digress. It turns out that $35 gets you just that, a Raspberry Pi motherboard. No power supply… No storage… nada. The newer revision (Rev B) contains 512MB RAM (not expandable), onboard Ethernet, 2 USB ports, SD card slot, and HDMI (also video composite and audio out). It’s $35 for a reason — it’s bare bones. I now felt what it was like to “accessorize.” It was time to do some serious peripheral shopping on Amazon without breaking the bank. After going through their site’s helpful list of FAQs, here is the starter kit I have on order and should be here next week. For a total price of $127.23, I’m still pretty impressed how lost cost you can build a machine like this.
- Raspberry Pi Motherboard (Revision B)
- Raspberry Pi Clear Case (that’s right — just a motherboad. No enclosure)
- 8 GB Flash Memory SD Card
- Micro USB Power Supply
- HDMI to DVI Adapter
- Audio Cable
- Nano USB WiFi USB Adapter
- Mini Keyboard with additional USB Port
- Mini Mouse
- Carrying Sleeve