2024 Women in Computing at Cornell (WiCC) High School Programming Contest Workshop

Date:  Sunday, March 3, 2024

Registration will open on Friday, January 12, 2024 and ends by Friday, February 23, 2024. Register here.

Sunday, March 3, 2024
Schedule:

12:00pm: Arrival, registration, and lunch
1:00pm: Introduction to programming contests
2:00pm: Solve problem in small groups
2:45pm: Share solutions
3:00pm: Solve problem in small groups
3:45pm: Share solutions
4:00pm: April Contest sign-up and ice cream

Programming contests are fun and challenging, help build computing skills, and add significantly to students’ profile in college applications. The more students compete, the stronger their skills become. But students from groups underrepresented in tech, including girls, Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous students, and students with disabilities, are also underrepresented in programming competitions.

On Sunday, March 3, 2024, Cornell and Cornell Tech will partner with Women in Computing at Cornell (WiCC) to host a hands-on programming contest workshop to build and practice skills for students with less experience competing. Our goal is to prepare you for our April 14th contest. This workshop is open to all but focused on women and students from groups underrepresented in computer science to create a diverse, inclusive, and egalitarian competition.

The workshop will include problems from prior contests ranging from “very easy” to “medium-hard”. Only limited programming experience is required, but you should be able to write some code in C, C++, Java (not JavaScript), or Python. You can see sample questions from previous years here. 

The WiCC HS Programming Contest Workshop will be held in person on both the Cornell Ithaca and Cornell Tech NYC campuses. We will take you step-by-step through several problems, then give you some time to work on problems in small groups. Cornell and Cornell Tech student mentors will be there to help groups strategize and debug. Students will learn how to submit solutions and read error messages. Pizza, drinks, and ice cream will be provided for all participants. Just bring your laptops and your love for problem solving! 

Cornell’s HS Programming Contest events are open to all high school students living in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania.

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2024 High School Programming Contest Information

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2024

Registration will open on Friday, January 12, 2024 and ends by Friday, April 5, 2024.  Register here. 

We’re excited to announce that the 2024 High School Programming Contest will be held Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 11:30am EST. Our contest is open to students who live or attend school in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania. The contest will be held in person on Cornell’s Ithaca and NYC Cornell Tech campuses. We can’t wait to see you on campus!

Students will compete in teams of 3. The Cornell HS Programming Contest generally includes 6-7 problems of varying difficulty (easy to very challenging) to be solved in 3 hours. Competitors will sharpen not only their computer science problem solving skills, but their strategy and teamwork as well. Students may compete using Python, Java, C, or C++. You can see sample questions from previous years here
 
Sunday, April 14, 2024
Schedule

11:30am: Arrival, registration, and lunch
12:00pm: Logistics and introduction to the competition
12:30pm: Contest begins
3:30pm: Contest ends 
3:45pm: Guest Speaker
4:00pm: Awards Ceremony

Have questions? Want more information? Contact Cornell Campus at ld495@cornell.edu or Sophie Lanchez (NYC Tech Campus) at k12@tech.cornell.edu

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