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Over 80 High School Students Compete in the 2011 Computer Science Day at IUPUI

Release Date: 
Mar 25 2011

Computer Science Day 2011

Students, teachers and parents from around the state and region came together to learn about the exciting possibilities of computer science at the 5th annual Computer Science Day on Friday, March 18, 2011 on the IUPUI campus.

Representing nine high schools and a home school, 86 students battled it out in three competition groups: programming and problem solving, web development, and game development. Tasked with identifying solutions to real-life programming problems in timed competitions, these high school students developed communication and business skills as well as a deeper understanding of the fundamental ideas that enable the technologies we use every day.

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In the Problem Solving and Programming contest, the winners were:

  • 1st place: Cobi Petrucciani & Jeffrey Shen, Park Tudor School
  • 2nd place: Samuel Clarke & Dan Fu, Park Tudor School
  • 3rd place: Nupur Bhatt & Rebecca Chen, Park Tudor School

In the Game Development contest, the winners were:

  • 1st place: Anthony Banks & Zane Norton, Mt. Vernon High School (Fortville, IN)
  • 2nd place: Vince Foley & Andrew Hugel, Hamilton Southeastern
  • 3rd place: Caitlin James & Jordan Rombach, Hamilton Southeastern

In the Web Development contest, the winners were:

  • 1st place: David Cochran, Seth Rujiraviriyapinyo, Jacob Ryan, and Logan Whitehouse. David, Seth, and Logan are from Mt. Vernon High School, while Jacob is from Fishers High School
  • 2nd place: Tom Avery, Darek Kaminski, Jalen Moore, Mike Sims, Mt. Vernon High School
  • 3rd place: Ivan Cardenas, Nelson Jones III, Jacob Luke, Trinity Thomas, Mt. Vernon High School

While the students were busy creating programs, websites and games from the ground up, their teachers and parents were learning as well. Faculty from the computer science department arranged for campus tours and teacher training where instructors learned the latest information in computer science teaching tools and methods in areas such as databases, web development, and game programming.

In addition to the programming competition – students, parents and teachers took part in an alumni roundtable where recent graduates spoke about their experience since attaining their degrees. Keynote speaker James Hill also offered insight and motivation to students as he spoke about his journey from a track star to earning his PhD in computer science.

Financial support for Computer Science Day at IUPUI was provided by Park Tudor School, with in-kind donations from Barnes & Noble Bookstore at IUPUI, Google, Microsoft, National Security Agency, Sun Microsystems, and Usenix. Many winners in all three categories walked away with Google t-shirts, X-Box games, and other prizes. The grand prize winner, Anthony Banks, won an X-Box 360 Elite, 24 months of X-Box Live, two X-Box games, among other prizes. .

This year's CS Day was a success due to the numerous prizes provided by our sponsors, as well as the dedication of over 20 student volunteers.

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 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.