CSforGood Competition Details

Nextech is sponsoring a CSforGood computer science competition for Indiana elementary, middle, and high school students.

To enter the competition, students will submit a project using technology – either an app, website, or a physical computing solution – to solve a problem in society or their community.

Final submissions due

March 5, 2021

Submissions are closed

Requirements

Part One: Each submission must include a brief description (max 350 characters) on what the project is and how it solves the CSforGood problem. 

Part Two: Each submission must include a short narrative (no more than 2 pages) on the process that your team followed in order to create your project. It should address the following: explains the process that your team used to come up with the idea/project, how is this project using computer science for good and solving a problem in your community or society, and what roles did each person on the team play in the process. 

Part Three: Each submission must include a video demonstrating the project. It does not have to be high quality (e.g., shooting on a smartphone is perfectly acceptable). The video should be no more than 10 minutes. The video must be linked to in the question below. If the sponsor teacher opted for our Zoom recording offering, we will have emailed you the link. Please put that link in the “link to video” section. 

Student Resources

No matter your age or experience, we want you to have all the resources you need to confidently participate in CSforGood. Here are just a few of our favorite resources. Can’t find what you need? No problem. Just do a quick Internet search and you will find an unending list of resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

Nextech’s mission is to create equitable access to computer science curriculum and experiences for all K-12 Indiana students. Learn more.
A team must have the following: 
  • Teams must consist of 2-5 students from the same division (elementary, middle, or high school).
  • Students must be residents of Indiana and their school must be located in Indiana
  • Each team must be sponsored by a teacher from their school.  The teacher does not have to be a Nextech partner teacher nor a computer science teacher.
No. A student is limited to being part of one team.
Yes. A school can submit projects from multiple teams, but each individual team can only submit once.
A team must solve a CSforGood problem using an app, website, or a physical computing solution.
  • The elementary division needs to have a fully functioning paper prototype of app/website or a physical computer solution prototype.  A simulated or real prototype is not required.
  • The middle and high school divisions must have a fully functioning app, website, and/or physical computing solution.
The following must be included and submitted by March 5, 2021:
  • Team details (names, grades, school, teacher sponsor, project name, other details)
  • A short narrative (no more than 2 pages) on the process that the team took to develop the solution.  It should address the following:
    • Explain the process that your team use to come up with the project
    • How is this project meeting the CSforGood criteria and solving a problem in your community or society?
    • What roles did each person on the team play in the process?
  • Show/Demonstrate your project solution.
    • Upload a video demonstrating your solution.  It does not have to be high quality (e.g., shooting on a smartphone is perfectly acceptable).  The video should be no more than 10 minutes. If students have trouble coordinating a recording time, the Nextech team will offer an opportunity for students to record their video during the week of March 1-5, 2021. The submission of the recording will be the team’s responsibility.
Finalists will be invited to a virtual celebration on April 2, 2021.
Yes! Each winning student will receive $500 worth of tech gear. Each winner will choose their own prize(s) subject to Nextech Staff approval.