2021 MakeX Spark Online Competition
Valid Period: 14:00, 8th Oct.-14:00, 18th Oct. UTC+8
Please follow the participation instructions for your first time.
Mentors or Organizations
19th, Oct.-9th, Nov.
*All the deadlines are subject to UTC +8, China time.
Elementary: 6-9 Years Old
Intermediate: 10-13 Years Old
Use mBlock 5 to program
*Contestants should use mBlock 5 to program projects. The hardware is not limited. Recommended hardwares are shown as following.
If you want to buy any equipment, please contact the local distributor or MakeX Committee: email@example.com.
AI & IoT Creator Add-on Pack
mBot Series Kit
Instructions(1): Publish Project
Instruction(2): Submit Project&Poster
What is MakeX Spark？
MakeX Spark Online Competition is a project-based creative design program for young people aged 6 to 13. The participating team will need to focus on the specific theme and devise a solution through software programming and hardware construction. The solution will be a demonstration project and a poster with topics including research, design-thinking process, construction scheme, and outcome summary.
With the characteristics of low entry-level and flexible forms, Spark focuses on guiding teenagers to not only learn interdisciplinary knowledge and apply them to practical problems but also improve their problem-solving and logical-thinking abilities, developing their creativity and imagination.
What comes to you when we talk about home? A nice house? A big dinner prepared by parents? A secret space for yourself? Or warm cares from family? A warm home refuels our bodies and spirit like a gas station. Amid the hustle and bustle of modern life, parents are always busy for business. When you hang out with friends, you cannot leave your kitties behind. But how to look after your company when you are apart? All you need is to take one more step, create your warm long-lasting care with ideas.
The theme of 2021 MakeX Spark Online Competition-2nd match is Family Care. Based on this theme, contestants are encouraged to build efficient projects for passing love and care. Here are some questions for you to think about: 1) How many family members are there in your home? Who are they? Have you met any problems when staying with them? What kinds of care do they need? 2) Do you know anyone who lacks family care more than others in your community? How can you help them? Let’s create a Family Care solution with our brilliant ideas!
Why Join MakeX Spark？
☆ Project-based creative design program
Unlike most robotics or coding competition, it also requires creativity, design-thinking and presentation, working as a complete project circle.
☆ Have all-round development
You will get a comprehensive development by using logical thinking and innovation to design solutions for a real-world problem and demonstrating it to others.
☆ A fun solution to distance learning
It gives you an opportunity to study at home and have great fun while creating and learning.
☆ Experience the joy of sharing
You are encouraged to showcase your project in the global community and share your experience in the online awarding ceremony!
☆ Compete virtually and submit online
You are free to complete your project anywhere and submit it online.
☆ Attend basic Workshops
The training workshops or webinars organized by MakeX will be open to all participating teams, with a variety of interesting and practical topics.
What They Say？
“I was not so convinced that our students could be able to participate in the competition after 3 months of intensive training. And I thought competitions or winning is not that important to them, but I was wrong. When they need to design, construct, and present their work at the end of the project, they surprised me by their commitment and creativity.”
Mentor from STEM@IT
“We had quite problems with organization, because of the pandemic. Older students don’t have classes in school so we had to collaborate online. There was no problem with theory and discussing ideas, but when we had to do the practice part, there were a bit of hiccup. Some of them managed, some didn’t. But idea and preparation will stay with them for some other competition with the similar theme”.
Mentor at C.H.A.O.S.
“MakeX is a terrific teaching material for young students to develop coding creativity and experience. Make X which has much better quality than any others in the market makes students highly concentrate on their projects. The best point we learned is that coding education should be to stimulate students’ interest, not just cramming something to their brain.”
Your Journey Through
2. Basic Workshops
Specially curated by industry experts
4. Online Submission
Publish in mBlock community
Submit project & poster online
5. Evaluation & Awarding
Online awarding ceremony
1. Learning & Research
Basic learning of hardware & software
3. Project Design & Construction
Generate possible solutions
Select a solution
Program and build up the structure
Test and improve Design your poster
2021 MakeX World Championship
Young All-Round winners qualified to 2021 MakeX World Championship
Special Award winners eligible to apply for the 2021 World Robot Contest
What You Can Get ?
Through MakeX Spark, contestants can reflect on their abilities in five dimensions.
*Under the premise of complying the rules, contestants may receive a STEAM Ability Assessment Report. The diagram on the right is an example of the abilities distribution.
Use various types of electronic modules
Achieve the functions of the project accurately and smoothly
Proficient in applying programming concepts or algorithmic techniques
Concise program with no bug
Design complex mechanical structures
Use a variety of maker or art materials to design the outlook
Unique and novel solutions
Clear target users and project positioning, highly related to the theme
Speak fluently in the demonstration video
Show the complete problem-solving process
E-certificate & Medal
Cyberpi Go Kit
Top 6 in total
15% in each group
15% in each group
15% in each group
15% in each group
Top 5 in total
Top 5 in total
In each competition, the top six contestants of the total score ranking can win the ” Young All-rounder ” award (can be received together with one special award). The winners of this award are qualified for entering MakeX World Championship, and they also have the opportunity to apply for the entry of World Robot Contest.
All the contestants receiving special award(Young Designer, Young Innovator, Young Engineer, Best Demonstration) have the opportunity to apply for the entry of World Robot Contest.
The Excellent Mentor award is comprehensively decided according to the number of contestants and award-winning projects instructed by the same mentor. The quota of this award is five for each match.
The Excellent Organization award is comprehensively selected according to the number of contestants and award-winning projects provided by the same educational organization. The quota of this award is five for each match.
E-certificate & STEAM Report
Young All-Rounder Medal
CyberPi Go Kit
Young All-Rounder: Each Young All-Rounder winner will receive an e-certificate, one Young All-Rounder Medal, and one CyberPi Go Kit.
Excellent Mentor / Excellent Organization: Each awarded mentor or organization will receive an e-certificate and one mBot2.
Special Awards Winner: Each special awarded winner (Young Designer, Young Innovator, Young Engineer, Best Demonstration) will receive an e-certificate.
Not-awarded Participant: The contestants who have not won any awards will receive a certificate of participation.
Professional Judge Panel
* Displayed in no particular order.
Prof. Dr. André Bresges is director of the Institute of Physics Education, the University of Cologne.
He currently researches the application of digital media in science education and the use of Learning Management Systems for K-12 and higher education. He is part of the Committee for Educational Technology in the American Association for Physics Teacher (AAPT).
Dr. Khaled is the Assistance Professor of Intelligent Systems, College of Computing & Information Technology, Canada. He got Ph.D in computer science from Salford University- UK.
His Research is related to the development and evaluation of novel intelligent and visualization systems that involve the digital signals and images using artificial intelligent techniques and pattern recognition.
Dr. Nasharuddin Zainal is a lecturer in Computer & Communication Engineering at the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering，The National University of Malaysia.
He received Ph.D in Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He is a professional Engineer registered with the Malaysian Board of Engineers, a senior member of the IEEE and a registered Member with the Malaysian Institute of Engineers.
Mr. Shuaiqi is an associate professor and senior engineer; former R&d director of Multimedia Division of Tsinghua Electric Power Simulation Laboratory.
He obtained 1 national utility model patent and 7 software copyrights, with 16 years of experience in programming teaching, software development and management, and rich experience in innovation education and STEAM course design.
Dr. Fei is graduated from The College of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation, National University of Defense Technology，with doctor degree of engineering, research focusing on robot control.
Since 2004, he has participated in many RoboCup international and domestic high-level competitions as the chairman of the organizing committee. He is also the Head referee of 2016-2019 VEX Robot Asian Open.
Mr. Lei is the former director of Innovation Project of Peking University Maker Practice Education Center, member of Global Youth Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Competition, and head of EwC-Entrepreneur World Cup China.
He is engaged in student innovation and entrepreneurship practice education for many years and won the Innovation Practice Award of Peking University for two consecutive years.
Judge panel of the 2021 MakeX Spark Online Competition consists of a Chinese jury and an English jury, each composed of judges, senior judges and expert judges. The Chinese jury is responsible for the assessment of the three Chinese competitions, and the English jury is responsible for the assessment of the two international competitions. All the project assessment work will be online. Each project is scored by several judges, and the disputed projects will be sent to the senior judges.