[Linux-aus] High School Programming Competition

Silvia Pfeiffer silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 2 05:26:10 UTC 2008

Awesome idea! I'll see if I can get my son's school onto this. He'd
love to take part in this.

On Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 2:35 PM, David Baker <dtbaker at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> First post to the list.
> I am in the process of organising a high school (grade 12) computing
> competition.
> The competition will be team based and consist of two parts; a multiple
> choice section and a team programming section.
> The aim of the competition is to spark interest and increase awareness in
> certain areas of computing at a very early stage. Hopefully will also give
> students (and their parents) access to resources so they can decide if a
> certain area of IT is for them.
> Currently compiling some content that will allow interested students to
> learn enough to participate in the competition.  It will have a heavy Linux
> and scripting language backing as they are the technologies I deal with on
> an every day basis.
> A number of questions in the team based programming section will involve the
> use of loops and simple data structures in order to generate a pre-defined
> output to the screen. The code will be checked by a central service (along
> with the multiple choice questions) to score team results.
> My plan it to try the idea on a couple of local schools that I have ties
> with, and then expand to more schools if it hits off. Schools will
> eventually be able to compete against eachother.
> I have attended a university level ACM programming contents in Brisbane, it
> was very fun. It seems there is nobody else currently offering something
> like this for Aussie High School students.
> If you have any ideas / criticism  / questions about this competition please
> feel free to post back to this thread.
> Cheers
> --
> David Baker
> http://dtbaker.com.au/
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