BU to host computer programming contest

For Immediate Release: April 22, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Fifty-eight teams from regional high schools will participate in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s annual High School Computer Programming Competition Thursday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Kehr Union, multipurpose rooms.

The members of the top two teams will be awarded $1,000 scholarships to attend BU and major in computer science. Most teams consist of four students. Participating high schools include: Antietam, Bloomsburg, Central Columbia, Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School, Conrad Weiser, Crestwood, Emmaus, GAR, Hazleton Area, Henderson, MMI Prep, Monroe Career and Technical, Nazareth, North Schuylkill, Northampton, Parkland, Pittston, Pottsville, Susquenita, Wyoming Seminary and Wyoming Valley West.

The competition features 12 problems of varying levels of difficulty. The team that solves the greatest number of problems is the winner and ties are determined according to the length of time required to solve the problem. “It’s very rare that teams can solve all of the problems,” said Drue Coles, contest director and assistant professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics.

BU President David L. Soltz will award prizes at 1 p.m. The competition is organized by the department of mathematics, computer science, and statistics, assisted by members of BU's chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.