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More Than 125 High School Students Competed at Annual IUPUI Computer Science Day

Release Date: 
Mar 25 2014

INDIANAPOLIS— More than a dozen high school students from Central Indiana and Michigan placed at the top among 127 competitors in the 2014 Computer Science Day at Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The event held Friday, March 21, was organized by the Department of Computer and Information Science in the School of Science. Students competed in one of three tracks:  game programming, intermediate programming + problem solving, and advanced programming + problem solving.

The 2014 winners are:

Game Programming

First: Aaron Claussen and Jenner Wile, Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center

Second: Bryan Keefe, Min Park and Colin Burke, Fishers High School

Third: Andrew Warrick and Justin Keathley, Bethesda Christian School

Intermediate Programming

First: Michael Orwin and Matoska Waltz, Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center

Second: Skylar Rizzolo and Zach Mills, Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center

Third: Benjamin Maddux and Evan Batsell, Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center

Advanced Programming

First: Dan Fu and Nathan Mytelka, Park Tudor

Second: Josh Zaugg and Caleb Flynn, Fishers High School

Third: Jason Zhao and Chris Hsu, Park Tudor

“These young students are the future of the field, and events like Computer Science Day at IUPUI are significant in developing a deeper understanding of the complexities and delights of the industry,” said Shiaofen Fang, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Computer and Information Science Department at IUPUI.

Through tests involving programming and problem solving, students in grades 9-12 came away from the competition with a deeper understanding of teamwork, software tools and deadlines associated with today’s computer science industry. The keynote presentation was delivered by Mike Gagle, Ph.D., Chief Scientist at Interactive Intelligence. An industry panel included professional from Interactive Intelligence, GyanSys, ExactTarget, DataXstream, SEP and Right On Interactive. High school teachers also participated in training workshops during the student competition.

“Occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree in computer science are growing at more than 20 percent annually. It is a constant challenge to match the pace of the job creation in the field. It’s estimated there are three computer science jobs available for every one new graduate,” Fang said. “It’s important that programs like ours at IUPUI continue to train and educate people to fill these high-paying, high-demand positions.”

The 2014 Computer Science Day was sponsored by Interactive Intelligence and GyanSys. For more information, visit the Department of Computer and Information Science.

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The IUPUI Computer Science Club and Department of Computer & Information Science are the primary sponsors of this event as part of the School of Science’s commitment to advancing scientific minds, and fostering community interest in the sciences. Through this event, the department is committed to educating students, teachers and parents about all the career paths possible through computer science.

The School of Science at IUPUI is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service in the biological, physical, behavioral and mathematical sciences. The school is dedicated to being a leading resource for interdisciplinary research and science education in support of Indiana's effort to expand and diversify its economy. For more information, visit science.iupui.edu.