Funded and supported by the U.S. government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), our program brings TopCoder’s renowned software development community together with other partners in the fields of life skills, scientific mentoring and academic performance in a new effort to engage and inspire students in grades 6 through 12.
We are seeking some great ideas and need your help. As part of the CS-STEM program and NoNameSite.com, we want to create some mass mobilizer games – an online or offline activity that mobilizes hundreds of people into pursuing a solution to the problem statement or opportunity.
There will be five $300 prizes so get thinking! Learn more and register here.
CxC takes another step forward…
NoNameSite.com launched on February 28th (with special effort from Ghostar, quesks, cyberjag, and many others) . With the site up and running, we are focusing our attention on developing the activities needed to keep it fresh and compelling.
A crucial component of that pursuit is our community of CoPilots. Through the fall and early winter, the TopCoder Community provided some excellent ideas for games and other activities that would engage the interest of our target students. We developed artwork around some of those ideas through Studio. Studio really did its part – in many cases, the core ideas were re-themed with storylines and animation. We now have a couple HTML5 renderings of these games that are just great. While Ghostar shepherds these games towards completion, we need new CoPilots to help us complete the others.
Towards that end we recently posted several new CoPilot positions. These are just a beginning – we will be running new idea generation contests and those will generate new opportunities.
And these opportunities are a little different than what you might find on other projects. The job here is not simply to follow the process and post successful contests – although that remains the baseline task – the job is to guide the TC Community in building a simply awesome activity.
At this point we have a few tools to help drive and measure this. For example, our new custom UI Prototype scorecards require competitors to add features beyond the specification in order to gain full points. To measure our target community’s response to our ideas, we are deploying a beta zone where CS-STEM members can try out prototypes and comment on them. Rapidly-built prototypes are crucial, as is incorporating change and chaos. Use these tools, and suggest new ones, to guide the process and TC community into innovating, developing and refining the best possible games and activities.
If you’re interested in trying your hand as a CoPilot, we welcome you! Prior CP experience a isn’t a factor. You can sign up for one of our CoPilot listings, and you can also contact bchops anytime with questions.
For more information on CoPilot responsibilities, this wiki should prove useful.
Stay tuned to this space for tips, suggestions, and current thinking around CS-STEM CoPilots.
After numerous contests, reviews, and designs, TopCoder is proud to announce our new Community for US teens ages 13-18; NoNameSite.com! We couldn’t have built this great Community without our TopCoder and Studio members, so thank you all!
And all other members who participated in the contests.
NoNameSite.com is now open for The Naming Contest and we’ve also got some other cool activities in the pipeline. Check out NoNameSit.com and your wonderful work! We look forward to further building this Community with your help. View all the action here.
Happy 2011! At TopCoder, we are very excited for 2011 and all that it brings; especially with the launch of our CS-STEM project with DARPA, NoNameSite.com. Not only will this site promise to be a fun and rewarding place for 13-18 year olds to spend their free time but this project also brings the TopCoder community numerous avenues to earn cash as the site gets built.
In December alone, there was $55,000 in prizes for CS-STEM competitions. We are relying on our community (You!) to help us make this project successful and there are plenty of competitions and rewards available for all.
Have a great 2011 and we’re looking forward to seeing you competing!
The CS-STEM project is a set of applications TopCoder is working on for DARPA. TopCoder is building a modern web-portal for education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), and will have additional focus on CS (Computer Science). The site is geared towards middle and high school students in the United States.
Liferay was chosen because it already offers a large portion of the features we need, including content management, forums, blogs, and social networking features and integration. It is fairly easy to deploy on a number of different operating systems and database servers, and is robust enough to handle the traffic that we anticipate. It is also nice and modular, allowing for fine-grained extension for the new features we need, like activities and custom controls.
In the coming weeks, we are going to have a number of different trial look and feels ready to be implemented. When the soft launch is available in February, the user of the site will be able to switch between 4 different skins for the site, with the most popular one being the default for the finished site. We will also have controls for users to submit name ideas for the completed site. Right now it will be deployed at nonamesite.com, but once a name is chosen we will move to the final domain address.
Liferay activities will be designed and deployed through the content management system. The framework for this will be an upcoming architecture competition. The architects will decide how to embed the activities, whether as portlets, custom tags, or some other way.
In addition to the social networking and collaboration features of the site, we are also going to start building activities where users will complete tasks that help them learn about different facets of CS and / or STEM. There is an architecture running now that will build the base API for activities to interface with Liferay and report usage numbers.
Overall there is going to be a ton of work to do in the coming months, so now is the time to get involved!
To boost computer science education and help middle and high school students strengthen their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills before they enter college and the workforce, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded TopCoder a $5.57 million contract to develop a new virtual community featuring competitions and educational resources.
Teens’ interest in gadgets is at an all time high. Cell phones, once a privilege for the few, are now as frequent in a young person’s life as school books. Game players are common, and most teens know how to use a computer.
TopCoder®, Inc., the leader in online programming competition, skills assessment and competitive software development platforms, today announced the company has been awarded a $5.57 million contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the development of a new Internet-based platform for competitions and educational resources that will focus on realizing computer science, science, technology, engineering and math (CS-STEM)-focused goals for middle and high school students in the U.S. and beyond.
Join the community and be the first to hear about the cool con-tests, great prizes and exciting opportunities available here at Darpa.TopCoder.com. By opting in, you also agree to receive email from TopCoder related to the Darpa Contests and Opportunities powered by TopCoder community.