University of Scranton Annual High School Programming Contest

Overview

The University of Scranton's (U of S) Annual High School Programming Contest has been held each spring (except in 2001) since 1990. It is sponsored by the U of S's ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Student Chapter and by its Department of Computing Sciences. Historically, most participants have been students attending high schools in Northeastern Pennsylvania. However, on several occasions competitors have come from schools more than one hundred miles from Scranton. Each school is represented by one to three three-person teams.

The competition lasts four hours, during which each team tries to solve several (usually, six) computer programming problems using any of a number of programming languages (e.g., Java, C/C++). The greater the number of problems a team solves, the higher its ranking in the final standings. Ties are broken according to how much time each team needed to solve the problems, including penalty minutes that are assessed for each incorrect solution submitted.

Following the contest, an awards banquet is held. There, each of the three highest-ranked teams receives a plaque and members of the winning team receive a $500 scholarship to attend the University.

For more details, see the description of the 2014 contest (which was held on Friday, March 28) or contact Dr. Bob McCloskey, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computing Sciences.

Past Contest Problems:

Below are links to descriptions of the problem sets of past contests, by year. The problems described here are, in essence, the same as those assigned at the contests. However, many of the older problems have been rewritten in order to achieve greater uniformity in style. We also sought to clarify the problem statements wherever we perceived that ambiguities might exist.

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