Timothy Christian and Mainland Regional students take top honors in Rowan University's 24th annual H.S. programming contest
Ruth Fong and Hoang Pham of Timothy Christian School in Piscataway took first prize in the 24th annual Programming Contest held by the Computer Science Department at Rowan University on April 16. Second prize went to Derick Palos and Jordan Reedie of Mainland Regional High School in Linwood.
Winners took home prizes that included laser printers, flash drives and many books on computer-related topics. Sponsors Blockbuster, International Laser, Mission Solutions Engineering, Office Max, Pine Hill Printing, Prentice Hall, Texas Instruments and the Rowan University Bookstore donated these and other prizes.
Student competitors had to program a computer to work out damage assessments for simulated battle plans. While the students were working, their teacher-coaches were led through an analysis of how the problem could be solved by Thomas Enright, of Mantua Township, a computer science major at Rowan who had assisted with creating the problem and developing an example program. In addition to an overview of the problem, teachers attended a presentation by Rowan students about the University's co-op program and their work with air traffic control software.
Judges included faculty and alumni from Rowan's Computer Science Department. While judges were evaluating the programs, competitors were entertained at a show at the Edelman Planetarium on Rowan's campus.
For more information about the contest, as well as this year's problem specification, a complete list of winners and pictures of the event, visit http://www.rowan.edu/rupc.