Young coders put to the test at annual computer programming contest

Young coders put to the test at annual computer programming contest


Computer Programming Nearly 200 students forming 43 teams across Pennsylvania, as well as teams from Maryland and Massachusetts, matched wits and computer coding skills this past spring semester at BU’s 18th Annual High School Programming Contest, where they had up to three hours to solve 10 college-level computer science problems as a team.

Students, accompanied by their high school teachers, tackled a series of computer programming problems with varying difficulty. Winning teams were determined by how many problems they solved within the three-hour limit. Prices included eight Kindles, gift certificates for Kindle downloads, portable hard drive, wireless mice, wireless keyboards, flash drives, etc.

According to Dru Coles, associate professor and contest coordinator, many of the high school teachers who regularly attend the contest have said they have such a good experience that they steer their students to Bloomsburg. The programming contest is hosted by BU’s mathematics, computer science and statistics department.

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Programming Contest Results (Top 10)

  • Montgomery Blair (Team 1) — 10/10 Last Problem Completed 10:44
  • Wyoming Seminary (Team 1)— 10/10 Last Problem Completed 10:53
  • Delaware Valley (Team 6)— 10/10 Last Problem Completed 10:58
  • Montrose Area (Meteors)— 10/10 Last Problem Completed 11:10
  • Henderson (Warriors)— 10/10 Last Problem Completed 11:50
  • Emmaus (Hornets)— 9/10 Last Problem Completed 12:00
  • Conrad Weiser (Maples)— 8/10 Last Problem Completed 11:47
  • Danville (Bro Coders)— 8/10 Last Problem Completed 11:57
  • Emmaus (Wasps)— 8/10 Last Problem Completed 11:57
  • Conrad Weiser (Oaks)— 7/10 Last Problem Completed 10:55
  • AMSA (Team 1)— 7/10 Last Problem Completed 11:32
  • Susquenita (Java the Hutts)— 7/10 Last Problem Completed 11:35
  • Agora (Team 1)— 7/10 Last Problem Completed 11:54
  • Wyoming Seminary (Team 4)— 7/10 Last Problem Completed 12:00

Other participating schools: Nazareth, Tunkhannock, Meyers, Wyoming Valley West, Northwest, Fleetwood, Coughlin and GAR Memorial.