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Middle and high school students compete in annual programming competitions

Author: Communications

Posted on May 8, 2014

Category: UNB Saint John , myUNB , UNB Homepage , Events , In the Media

This spring the department of computer science and applied statistics at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Saint John is hosting two computer-programming competitions for middle school and high school students.

On Saturday, May 10 both the 8th annual New Brunswick High School Programming competition and first annual Scratch Programming competition will be held on the UNB Saint John campus.

“Computational thinking is a fundamental skill for students in the 21st Century,” says Aziz Fellah, UNB Saint John professor and coordinator of the events.  “These two competitions offer students the experience of working as a team, participating in fun events and making new friends.” 

Every year teams from New Brunswick high schools are invited to UNB Saint John's High School Programming Competition, which is designed to provide a computer programming challenge for grades 10, 11, and 12 contestants to test their computer programming skills and problem solving abilities.

Prizes will be awarded in each competition with the top three teams receiving bursaries toward tuition at UNB Saint John, as well as a variety of electronics.

In the inaugural Scratch Coding Competition, students in middle school are invited to submit collaboratively or individually their scratch projects to solve real problems, or provide entertainment using Scratch coding.

Scratch is a visual coding language that allows young students to create and develop their own interactive animations, stories, games, and art.