USA Computing Olympiad Contest
USA Computing Olympiad (usaco.org) is a nonprofit organization supporting computer science education in the USA and worldwide by identifying, motivating, and training high-school students in programming and problem-solving for its Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Each year it runs 4-6 online programming contests at all levels. With proper guidance, motivated students could pick up basic programming and problem-solving skills to pass the Bronze level in 6 months, and pass the Silver level in an additional 6 months. Students who have passed the Silver level have programming proficiency beyond that of typical computer science freshman, and they have priority for being admitted into top tier universities. Students who have performed well in the Gold level contests are nationally exceptional and have significant advantage in being admitted into top-tier universities, and the top 24 of them (also considering other factors like age) are invited to participate in an intensive summer training camp. The top four of these invited campers will then represent USA in the international programming contest called “International Olympiad in Informatics”.
While USACO has free online resources for preparing students in USACO contests, they are only meaningful to students who have already been engaged in the learning track. Most of the high schools do not have faculty to prepare their students for the advanced programming and problem solving skills required to perform well in USACO contests. Around the nation there are many weekend and summer programs for training students in mathematics, but there are few programs for helping students in computer science problem-solving.
Pace University Saturday Programming Workshops
This program aims at high school students within one-hour driving distance from Pace University’s Pleasantville campus located at 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570. Prior programming courses or skills are not required. The workshops will run every Saturday 9am – 12pm during the fall and spring semesters in computer labs at Goldstein Academic Center on the Pace University Pleasantville campus. Both Java and C++ are supported by our accomplished faculty and PhD students. Free study resources, including tutorials and the Seidenberg Portable Lab based on cloud computing technology, will be provided. Students can use the Seidenberg Portable Lab to practice on site, at school, and at home. This program will differentiate instruction based on students’ prior programming preparation. The main objective of this weekend program is to cultivate a local student community for the Summer USACO Training Camp to be hosted on the Pace University Pleasantville campus in summer 2015. In addition to programming, the workshops will also teach new technologies including mobile app development and web application development.
Pace University and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems
Pace University is nationally recognized for excellence of professional education. The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems is among the few and earliest universities that offer computer science programs in a school dedicated to computing. In 2013 US News & World Report ranked Pace University #1 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs out of a field of 237 colleges/universities, and Pace University’s MS in Internet Technology #13 for Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (Boston University #14, John Hopkins #16). Since 2004 Pace University has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance Education (IAE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Registration: Please mail a signed parent/guardian authorization letter and a check of $200 registration fee, to the order of “Pace University”, to “Ms. Susan Downey, Seidenberg School, Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570”. Purchasing orders are also accepted.
Location: Rooms 300/314/315/320, Goldstein Academic Center, Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570.
Time: 9am-12pm, every Saturday from January 24 through May 9, 2015
Main Contact: Dr. Lixin Tao, Chairperson of Computer Science Department, Westchester; firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: http://community.seidenberg.pace.edu/innovation/weekend-programming or http://goo.gl/FHSRRn