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April 9, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

MEDIA ADVISORY: UT Tyler to Host State Computer Programming Contest

The University of Texas at Tyler will host the 2009 Texas Computer Education Association State High School Programming Contest Saturday, April 18, Dr. James Nelson, College of Engineering and Computer Science dean, announced.

The contest will be held in the third floor of the UT Tyler Ratliff Engineering and Computer Science Complex’s north building.

“More than 300 of the best and brightest high school students from all across the state will assemble on the UT Tyler campus to compete,” said Dr. Stephen Rainwater, interim chair and Chandler professor of computer science. “This is the third straight year that UT Tyler will have served as host."

At the state contest, student teams consisting of two or three students compete for the top three places in three high school divisions.  Competing teams attempt to solve 18 problems in three difficulty categories within a two-hour time limit by writing their own computer programs.

Teams earn the right to compete in the state contest by virtue of their placing or scores in TCEA area contests which were held in February.

Kay Pleasant, UT Tyler senior lecturer of computer science, serves as the local arrangements chair. Dr. Leonard Brown, UT Tyler assistant professor of computer science, authored the state contest problem set and will serve as head judge.

The tentative schedule will be: 

  • 8 a.m. Team registrations.
  • 8:30 a.m. Welcome/rules review.
  • 9 – 9:40 a.m. Practice program overview.
  • 10 a.m. – noon. Contest.
  • Noon. Lunch break.
  • 1 – 2 p.m. Closing remarks/award ceremony.

The TCEA contest is the largest pre-collegiate qualifying state computer programming competition in the country.

For more information or interviews, contact Hannah Buchanan,903.565.5769.                       

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