Battle of the Brains: High School Programming Contest – Saturday, February 28

 

The Computer Science department of the University of Texas at Dallas has been conducting ACM ICPC-style High School Programming Contest twice each year for 5+ years now! Most participants have been from North Texas, but a few teams from top schools in Houston and Austin have also attended these contests. We would love to have more teams from all cities & corners of Texas!

We will provide local accommodation and meals for all out-of-town participants. Limited grants are also available for travel expenses for well-qualified teams. Email csk12@utdallas.edu to request for travel grant.

Spring 2015 contest has been set for Saturday, Nov 8th, 11am-5pm. See utd.edu/k12/contest for details and www.utd.edu/~jeyv/hspc_contest.pdf for the flyer. Students with one year of Computer Science should be able to participate at the novice level. More advanced students with good knowledge of algorithms & experience in problem solving should be able to attack the advanced level problems. We support Java, Gnu C++, Microsoft C++, and C#.  

Our contest follows the ACM-ICPC format: There is a practice contest lasting 40 minutes and a main contest of 3 hours. There are 6 to 8 problems. Teams of up to 3 students compete in concurrent Novice and Advanced contests.  Each team uses one of UTD’s lab computers.

Lunch will be served for all participants. Every one will get a T-shirt and certificate. Winners will get medals and winning teams will get trophies that can be displayed in their respective schools.

We are expecting huge participation! Please register up to 8 teams per school at http://bit.ly/hspc_utd.
or, if you have difficulties accessing the page, just send email to ivor@utdallas.edu
stating: School Name, Coach, Phone #, Number of Advanced level teams & Number of Novice level teams.

Fee: FREE (thanks to our sponsor ???)

All students, parents & coaches are expected to download the talent release form from http://www.utdallas.edu/communications/docs/talent_release.pdf, print, sign and bring it to the contest so that we can take photos and post a photo album in UTD website after the contest is over.

Timetable:
11:00a Assemble/paperwork @ Clark Center CN 1.112
11:15a Meet Program Head Dr. Gupta for a short presentation.
11:40a Practice contest begins ECSS 2.103/104
12:30p Pizza Lunch for all
1:00p Main Contest Begins (3 hrs) – School teachers’ meeting starts in ECSS 3.503 (Osborne conference room, Late lunch, snacks & coffee will be provided)
4:15p Discussion of problems and Prizes @ Clark Center CN 1.112
4:45p Dismiss all.

We will use PC^2 as usual and we expect to provide Java 1.7, minGW g++,
and Microsoft Visual Studio C,C++,C#. IDEs include minGW, Eclipse, and NetBeans.

3 hours, 6 to 8 problems, 1 UTD Computer, 3 students per team.

Problem sets and test data for recent high school contests are at:
www.utdallas.edu/~ivor/HScontests

Questions? Email ivor@utdallas.edu