The first week of December (Tuesday the 6th to be precise), three of the club members participated in a computer science bowl. Our team members consisted of Xavier, Gabriel (president & vice) as well as Kevin who is also a member of the Mathletes Club at our school.
Approximately 8 schools participated in the event and each school was represented by a team of 3 members from grades 9 through 12.
The main focus of the competition was Programming Theory (e.g. algorithms, complexity, Project Euler). The first part consisted of paper and pencil problems. The second part consisted of exercises using a laptop which was provided for each team. The programming languages allowed were C++ and Java. The laptops did not have connection to the internet, but access to API was provided.
The problems and exercises were written by Prof. Rafael Arce, PhD, Interim Head of Computer Science Department at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and Prof. Nelliud Torres, PhD, Head of Computer Science Department at University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón Campus.
It was the first time our club members engaged in this type of event and I sincerely hope that they enjoyed the experience. We look forward to participating in more computer science related activities. These types of experiences will help in the development of programming skills which is a must in the future of our tech world.
On behalf of the club, we thank the administrative personnel of Tasis School of Dorado for the invitation and their warm hospitality.
Special thanks to Brenda Cassé, Math Department Coordinator, and Alberto Chiecchio, Math/Computer Programming Teacher of Tasis Dorado. ~~LMMolina, Club Adviser