MathWorks, in partnership with i2 Learning, today announced it has opened registrations for the MATLAB STEM Challenge – a coding competition open to all high schools in Massachusetts. The competition, which launches in October as part of Massachusetts STEM Week and runs through January, tasks student teams with using data collection, analysis and other skills to create their own digital fitness tracker. Schools interested in registering or learning more can do so at i2learning.org/matlab. The MATLAB STEM Challenge is free of charge to all high schools and no previous experience with MATLAB software is required.
“MathWorks is pleased to offer the MATLAB STEM Challenge to high schools throughout the state because competitions such as this are instrumental to ensuring schools get access to the tools, curricula and training necessary to build interest and competencies for students to pursue STEM careers,” said CEO Jack Little.
MathWorks began its partnership with i2 Learning in 2015 with the development of Bytes and Beats, a coding course offered to middle school students who used MATLAB and Arduino boards to compose music. The collaboration expanded to the launch of Boston STEM Week in 2016 and 2017, which served as the inspiration for this year’s Massachusetts STEM Week, an initiative being driven by the governor’s office to bring STEM activities to schools at all levels throughout the Commonwealth from October 22-26.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with MathWorks to bring innovative STEM programs to Massachusetts, including the new MATLAB STEM Challenge,” said Ethan Berman, CEO, i2 Learning. “The interactive, hands-on approach these programs deliver have inspired thousands of students across the state to consider STEM opportunities in their own futures.”