The 2018 Guppy Tank App Challenge Is Now Under Way!
The Guppy Tank App Challenge is a year-long competition for NYC public school students in grades 6-8 sponsored by CA Technologies and PENCIL. Like television’s Shark Tank, Guppy Tank finalists will present an original working app to be judged by a panel of experts—including Adam Elster, CA’s President of Global Field Operations (and PENCIL Board Member)—and compete for great prizes, such as Chromebooks and scholarships to STEM camps.
March 28, 2018: Special Workshop
April 25, 2018: Demo Day
June 2018: Culminating Event
- In early 2018, students will have the opportunity to receive guidance and mentoring from CA Technology volunteers and additional business partners via video conference
- Guppy Tank Demo Day takes place on April 25. Teams will present working prototypes of their app for feedback from volunteer judges
- Guppy Tank Final App Challenge Day takes place in June 2018
- Programming Tutorials from Made With Code by Google for beginning and intermediate coders
- Resources for Parents from MIT Media Lab’s Scratch Team software lets students create animations and stories with building blocks that mimic the structure of computer code
- Tynker’s Hour of Code Free Activities Suite is a fun, intuitive suite of games that make it easy for kids to learn basic computational thinking and programming skills
- Lessons and Tutorials from Code.org
- Common Sense Media’s list of Best Apps and Websites for Learning Programming and Coding
- Computing Lessons from Khan Academy
Guppy Tank’s 2016 winners hailed from P.S./I.S. 224. Their app, Dolphin, is an assistive communication program designed to aid non-verbal children with communication. By pushing a button and choosing a pre-programmed phrase transmitted through a mobile phone speaker, the user can efficiently communicate with others. Kim Kelleher, publisher of WIRED, cast the tie-breaking vote and declared Dolphin’s creators the winners of Guppy Tank 2016. As Ms. Kelleher indicated, Dolphin has the potential to transform communication for special needs children across the world.