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Calling All High School Geeks: Free Computer Programming Comp at NJIT

Calling all computer geeks to prove their mettle, compete with the best and win cool prizes in the annual computer programming competition sponsored by the computer science department http://cs.njit.edu/ at NJIT www.njit.edu. Once again, talented high school computer programmers will wow judges in a daylong series of competitions set for April 18, 2008, in the NJIT Campus Center, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. A free lunch will be available for teachers, parents and students. Last year’s event drew more than 150 participants ranging in age from sophomores to seniors with 40 schools participating.

Teams compete by completing programming assignments in NJIT’s high tech computer science labs. Work is ranked based upon the number of correct programs, delivered within a predefined time period.

Last year West Windsor Plainsboro High School took first place honors with Voorhees High School a close runner-up. Other winners were Bergen County Academies (3rd); Ridgewood High School (4th); South Brunswick High School (5th); Millburn High School (6th). Still more winners included Homeschool (7th); Middlesex County Academy (8th); Freehold High School (9th); Mainland Regional High School (10th).

Interested high schools may participate by fielding a team of three programmers, supervised by a coach. Each high school may register only one team.  To register visit:  http://cs.njit.edu/contest/REGISTRATION_PROCESS/registration.html. For more information, contact Sarah Vandermark sarah.vandermark@njit.edu at (973) 596-2985.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.