Amazon Cyber Robotics Back-to-School Challenge
Discover how Amazon uses computer science and robotics daily to deliver customer goods!
What is the challenge?
Can you code an Amazon Hercules robot to deliver your friend’s birthday present on time? Join this free, 3-hour virtual challenge to learn programming basics and have the chance to win $250 in classroom supplies! Recommended for grades 4 and above.
  • Teachers/Coaches:
    1. Create a teacher account
      Review the teacher manual which you can access after creating an account.*
    2. Register your students
      Set up classes in the platform and use your class codes to register your students directly into your virtual classroom.
    3. Submit final survey
      This will complete your submission and enter your class into the monthly raffle.
    Students:
    1. Create a student account
      Compete on your own or share the opportunity with your class.*
    2. Complete the challenge
      Earn your spot on the leaderboard.
    3. Submit final survey
      This will complete your submission!

      *Sign-up will redirect you to CoderZ. All data submitted will be treated in accordance with CoderZ’s Privacy Policy.
Who will be my guide?
Meet Ashley and Abakir, two Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship recipients, as they introduce this year’s Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge! They will guide you through the challenge and teach you about their computer science journey.


FAQ
  • What languages are available and what countries can participate?
    The challenge is currently available in US English and Spanish. UK English, Canadian French, European French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Japanese will be available later this fall.

    Anyone can participate, but only US teachers can win prizes at this time.
  • Can I try out the challenge without creating an account?
    Yes! Click here to get started immediately on the first few missions. After you've completed a few challenges, you will be prompted to create a free account to continue.
  • If I'm a robotics coach, can I complete the challenge with my team?
    Yes! Coaches should create a teacher account to directly enroll students into your virtual classroom.
  • If I'm a teacher, how does this fit into my classroom/curriculum?
    Computer science and non-computer science teachers can use this challenge to start the school year by grounding student learning in real-life industry. No matter the grade-level, students can begin the year by understanding how what they will learn in class relates to future job opportunities. This can be a great bonus unit for any STEM/CS class or curriculum to help illuminate the "Why?" for your class.

    The challenge can be broken into four 45 minute or three 60 minute lessons for any class (Intro to CS, AP CSP, science, math, etc) and is aligned to CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards. Teachers can review standards alignment in the teacher manual after creating their account.
  • If I'm a student, should I complete on my own or with my class?
    Up to you! You can certainly complete the challenge on your own now! You can also share the opportunity with your classroom teacher to see if your entire class can compete and enter the raffle for the class prize.
  • How can I win the $250 for my classroom?
    Complete the challenge with your classroom by December 18, 2020, and be automatically eligible to win $250 for your class. Each month from August- December, Amazon Future Engineer will raffle off five $250 gift cards to classrooms that have completed the challenge and final survey with at least 12 students. All prizes will be sent directly to classroom teachers via email.
  • If I win, how can I spend the $250 Gift Card?
    Winning teachers can use the Gift Card to purchase any supplies for their classroom that will further computer science learning and instruction.
  • Can I get access to CoderZ's regular courses, too?
    At this time, Amazon Future Engineer is not sponsoring access to CoderZ's courses. Schools and teachers may reach out to CoderZ direcly for a quote to purchase access.
  • Is there a teacher guide or manual?
    Yes! Teachers will receive an instructional manual after creating their account. The guide includes lesson plans, tips, and full instructions to make the Cyber Robotics Challenge awesome in your classroom.
  • Who can I contact for technical help?
    For technical help, reach out to CoderZ within the coding platform by pressing "Help" in the bottom right screen. For questions about Amazon Future Engineer, email afe-contact@amazon.com.
  • Can I share this challenge with other teachers or friends?
    Yes! Feel free to share. This challenge is open to everyone.
  • What is the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship?
    Each year, Amazon Future Engineer awards 100 high school seniors with a $40,000 scholarship to study computer science in college. Each recipient is also guaranteed a paid summer internship after their first year of college. Applications open in November for all current high school seniors. See here for details.
  • What is Amazon Future Engineer?
    Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program aimed at inspiring and educating hundreds of thousands of students from underrepresented and underserved communities each year to try computer science and coding.