August 11, 2020

UMW CPSC High School Programming Contest

UMW CPSC High School Programming Contest

The HCC Digital Auditorium was buzzing with the next generation of computer scientists on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Eleven teams of 3 or 4 students from high schools in Culpeper, Spotsylvania, and Stafford used their programming skills to attempt to solve 13 problems in 3.5 hours of programming. The winning team, from Riverbend, solved 9 problems, and they won the 14” golden cup, championship trophy. All of the teams solved at least 3 problems. Prizes were awarded to students on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place teams. The UMW CPSC Department hosted the area High School Programming Contest. UMW CPSC faculty and students worked on the contest for the past year – planning, recruiting sponsors (SimVentions, BCI, and Lockheed Martin), visiting area high schools, describing programming contests, establishing an ongoing practice contest, and collecting contest entries. The all day contest had 67 attendees – high school students, high school teachers, CPSC faculty, and CPSC students. Everyone received a commemorative t-shirt. Snacks, lunch, and beverages were provided throughout the event. Everyone was tired at the end of the day, but there was a great sense of accomplishment for the high school student programmers, the high school teachers, and the UMW hosts.

Anewalt and Polack-Wahl Attend Conference, Win Awards

Jennifer Polack-Wahl, professor of computer science, and Karen Anewalt, professor of computer science, attended The Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, Eastern Region conference Nov. 1 and 2 and swept the conference awards with best faculty research paper won by Anewalt and best faculty research poster won by Polack-Wahl.

Anewalt’s paper was titled “Connecting Academic and Professional Computer Science Through Reflective Reading: A Case Study” and Polack-Wahl’s poster was titled “Service Learning: S.M.A.R.T makes Apps for Primary and Secondary Education.”