Virginia TSA and CoderZ Pro League World Championship
Virginia TSA (Technology Student Association) started a new partnership during the 2020-2021 school year and for one school it really made a huge impact. Over the school year with several months of Virtual Instruction, Virginia Beach’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Robotics Team began participating in the CoderZ Pro League competition. ATC ended up finishing third in the world in the CoderZ Pro League that included over 150,000 students taking part in the competition. This all-virtual competition was open to all middle and high school age students around the world to compete in a virtual format, programming a virtual team robot to complete specific tasks. The list of schools in the competition were from 18 different countries, 29 U.S. States, two Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico.
With these numbers, thousands of teams from around the world were broken up into 5 regions. Each region represented a different portion of the World. The Advanced Technology Center’s CoderZ Robotics Team was placed in Region 1. Region 1 teams came from various locations in North America, including the United States and Canada.
The competition started in November and the Regional and World finals were held on January 28th, 2021 in a virtual online format that was open to everyone to view.
The ATC CoderZ Robotics team began the competition as one of 64 teams in Region 1 and was successful in becoming the Region 1 Champion. Winning Region 1 made the ATC CoderZ Robotics team eligible to compete in the World Championship. The ATC CoderZ Robotics Team finished the World Championship in 3rd place overall.
Congratulations to all the team members who honed their coding skills in the CoderZ Virtual environment and brought the 1st place Region 1 trophy and the 3rd place World Championship trophy home to the Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center. The main advisor for TSA at ATC is Mack Stevens, while Dr. James Barger was the lead with CoderZ.