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Computer programming competition challenges area high school
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's computer
science department will host its seventh annual Computer
Programming Competition Feb. 20. The competition brings 100 of the
region's brightest high school computer whizzes together to compete
for prizes by writing Java programs.
schools will send students to compete. The competition, in the
Advanced Technology and Science Hall, offers both a lower division
for freshmen and sophomores and an upper division open to all high
school students. High school teachers will serve as advisers to the
will work in teams of three, use state-of-the art technology and
programming languages such as Java, C ++ and PHP. After writing
what they hope is a correct program, they submit it to the judges.
The judges run the program against official data, and, if the
output is correct, the team scores one point. At the end of the
competition, the team with the most points wins.
participants will receive a T-shirt, software CDs and certificates
of participation. The top two schools in each division receive
first three students from the competition who apply and are
admitted to SRU to major in computer science, information systems
or information technology will receive $500 scholarships.
computer science department created the competition seven years ago
to challenge students interested in the information sciences and to
inspire them to pursue computer-related majors in college.
are in use in nearly all aspects of our lives, and a lot of data
show that future information technology professionals should start
preparing for careers before they begin their undergraduate
degrees," Patricia Joseph, SRU computer science faculty, said.
participating in the competition include: Blackhawk, Baldwin,
Clarion Area, Hickory, Indiana Area, Franklin Regional, North
Allegheny, Trinity, Knoch, Mt. Lebanon, Preston, Upper Saint Clair,
Riverview and Wilmington Area
computer science department has 230 majors. The bachelor of science
in computer science and all five of its information systems
business-related degree programs are accredited by ABET, Inc., the
recognized accreditor for colleges and university programs in
applied science, computing, engineering and technology. ABET is a
federation of 28 professional and technical societies representing
these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations
in the U.S. ABET has provided leadership quality assurance in
higher education for more than 70 years.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier
public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides
students with a comprehensive learning experience that
intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced
educational and learning opportunities that make a positive
difference in their lives.