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 up to three teams, each team having up to three students.
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 2015 contest, which was held on April 17. The 2016 contest is tentatively scheduled for Friday, April 8. For more information, contact Dr. Bob McCloskey, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computing Sciences.
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