2019 Wisconsin-Dairyland Programming Competition

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The Wisconsin-Dairyland chapter of the CSTA, in conjunction with the Marquette University chapters of ACM and UPE, welcomes high school students with Java or Scratch programming experience to participate in a morning of computer science problem solving and/or storytelling.

This year’s Wisconsin-Dairyland Competition wil feature three divisions:

Java/Python Division

A traditional team-based programming competition, modeled on the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Teams of 3 or 4 students will have three hours and two computers to work collaboratively to solve problems similar in scope to Advanced Placement Computer Science exam questions. Points will be awarded based on the number of problems correctly solved and the time taken to solve, with appropriate penalties for incorrect submissions. Development environments available will most likely include Eclipse, NetBeans, WordPad + JDK, Cygwin tools and BlueJ.

See examples of problems from previous competitions:

You may find it useful to review our Java Competition Preparation Notes or Scratch Competition Preparation Notes.

Open/Scratch Division

Teams of 2 or 3 students will have three hours and one computer to implement a themed Scratch project. Submissions will be judged on creativity, use of key Scratch constructs, and theme correspondence. This division will be suitable for introductory students familiar with Scratch.

AP Computer Science Principals

Teams of 2 or 3 students will be working together to solve challenges and present their results, similar to the concepts tested in the AP Computer Science Principles exam. (If you sign up for this division, we will email you by the first week of March with more details about this division).


Competition location:

Marquette University campus, in downtown Milwaukee

Competition date and time:

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, 9am CDT.
Check in will begin at 8am CDT.
Awards will conclude at 2pm CDT.


Registration will begin shortly.