Looking for a way to get kids excited about learning Computer Science?
Take your students to a programming contest.
Why? They learn teamwork and how to problem solve under pressure.
Also, they get a chance to dominate the planet. Who doesn’t like winning?
Check out HP Codewars and Codequest.
Also, ask your local colleges to see if they host a high school contest.
Many college ACM groups host high school programming contests.
Host your own high school contest. Why? It is fun and you will be helping out others in your area.
Need help preparing your team for contests? A+ has a ton of great stuff to help.
Want to host a local high school contest? A+ has a ton of great stuff to help.
Email me at email@example.com and I will help you find a local contest or help you learn how to host one in your area.
Computer Science contests rock!
The Lone Star Invitational Programming Contest will take place at UTD on May 15-16.
This is another opportunity for your teams to compete if you can make it.
Good luck to all at UIL Regional and UIL State!
Information on all A+ Computer Science Contest Preparation Materials has been recently updated. You can get information on new materials by visiting the A+ Contest Materials page. Java 7 topics will be a bigger focus this year.
2013-2014 UIL Computer Science Topic List
The official UIL Computer Science written test and packet writer will be writing tests and packets again this year for A+ Computer Science. The tests and packets will reflect the current test and packet style used by UIL Computer Science. The content will also be similar, including the 5 open ended non-language specific questions at the end of each test.
I will be updating my contest dates page soon so send me an email if you dates already set in stone. The Houston area will kick off the programming contest season in early October. 7 Lakes will be starting it off once again this year.
2014 Houston Area Contest Dates
Oct 11 – Seven Lakes Kickoff Classic
Oct 16 – Dulles HS Contest
Nov 8 – Taylor Halloween Contest
Nov 15 – Clements Thanksgiving Contest
Dec 6 – Tompkins UIL Fall Meet
Dec 13 – Cy Woods Christmas Contest
The 2012-2013 UIL Computer Science Contest is in the books.
The State Meet was a blast as usual.
Check out the results if you missed the UIL State meet.
New UIL Computer Science Topic List
Java 7 is now the official language and I will incorporate more Java 7 on my UIL Comp Sci Practice Tests for next year.
Have a great summer!
The UTD Contest on April 12th was a blast.
Dr. Ivor Page runs a tight ship – the contest was smooth and the problems were solvable, but challenging.
Lots of loot was given away at the UTD contest.
UTD will be running quite a few summer camps this year.
Check them out.
The UTD High School Programming Contest is this Saturday the 13th.
Good luck to all competing.
The basic schedule is listed below.
There is still time to register if you are interested.
Contact Dr. Ivor Page if you want in on the fun.
10:40a Practice contest begins
11:30a Pizza and soft drinks for lunch (sponsored by Award Solutions)
12:00p Main Contest Begins
The 2013 UIL Academic season is underway.
UIL provides a great outlet for students with interest in an assortment of academic events.
Check out UIL Academics.
Check out District Meet Scores.
Regional Meets will be held on April 19th and 20th.
The State Meet will be held at UT Austin on May 20th, 21st, and 22nd.
Good luck to all.
The demand for Software Developers will continue to grow and increase 22% by 2020. I hope my students are listening and reading all of these articles I keep posting.
HP CodeWars is just around the corner. It should be a good time. My students have done very well over the last 3 years and we hope to keep that trend going in 2013. If you are not near a HP CodeWars location, consider hosting your own high school programming contest. Students love to crank code in a contest setting.
The 7 Lakes contest at 7 Lakes HS in Katy, Texas was great.
There were tons of teams and schools.
The written results can be viewed at :
Check out a sample written test at if you are interested in seeing one.
I have posted the 7 Lakes programming results and some pics on my A+ Computer Science facebook page.
Looking forward to the next one in a few weeks.
The Computer Science contest season for Texas is underway.
Waller HS hosted the first contest of the 2012-2013 season on Saturday, September 29th.
There were lots of teams and the competition was fierce.
Individual Written Results
7 Lakes will host the next contest on the 13th of October.
There is still time to join the fun.
Email Paul Stroud at 7 Lakes HS – PaulMStroud@KATYISD.ORG
Check out all of the dates on my contest dates page.