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High School Computer Programmers Will Compete at NJIT on March 19

High school students from more than 30 New Jersey schools will test their wits in a computer programming contest at NJIT. The event will allow them to compete against peers while also getting the flavor of a nationally-ranked university.

The programming contest, sponsored by NJIT’s Computer Science Department, will be held on the NJIT campus on March 19, 2009.

Each high school may enter one team with up to three students. The teams will have three hours to solve programming problems. They then will be ranked based upon the number of correct programs they deliver within a three-hour deadline. Top-ranked teams will receive prizes and plaques.

“Some students excel on a basketball court, others on a soccer field, but this contest will attract students who excel in computer programming,” said Narain Gehani, dean of the College of Computing Sciences at NJIT.  “So many high school students love computing and programming and they work hard at it just for fun. This contest will allow them to match wits against peers. It will also expose them to NJIT professors and students, who’ll monitor the contest. Participants will also get a taste of a major college campus – NJIT.”

Registered high schools in Northern New Jersey are: Newark Academy and Livingston High School, Livingston; Bergen Catholic, Oradell; Fair Lawn High School, Fair Lawn; Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood; Fort Lee High School, Fort Lee; Millburn High School, Millburn; Wayne Hills High School, Wayne; Red Bank Regional, Little Silver; Glen Ridge High School, Glen Ridge; Randolph High School, Randolph; Teaneck High School, Teaneck; Morris County School of Technology, Denville; Oak Knoll School, Summit; Wallkill Valley Regional High School, Wallkill; and Chatham High School, Chatham.

Central and Southern New Jersey participants are: Ocean County Vocational Technical, Toms River; Middlesex County Academy for Science, Math, Engineering and Technology, Edison: Timothy Christian High School, Piscataway; Barnegat High School, Barnegat; Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Flemington; Middletown High School South, Middletown; Rutgers Preparatory, Somerset; Freehold High School, Freehold; Brick Township High School, Brick; Old Bridge High School, Old Bridge; Hamilton High School West, Hamilton; South Brunswick High School, South Brunswick; North Hunterdon High School, Annandale; Nottingham High School, Hamilton; Voorhees High School, Voorhees.

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.