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Nov. 6, 2017
Eleven Northwest Missouri State University students traveled Oct. 28, to Olathe, Kansas, to compete in the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) North Central North American (NCNA) Region Intercollegiate Programming Contest, where one Northwest team placed as high as second.
The regional contest involved 207 teams from 67 schools participating at nine different sites in the Midwest. Northwest fielded four teams and competed against other teams representing Baker University, Bethel College, Kansas State University and Park University at the regional site at Garmin headquarters in Olathe.
The ICPC regional, sponsored by Garmin, runs five hours and teams receive eight programming questions to solve. Teams are judged on the number of questions they answer and how long it takes to answer them. Teams submit their solutions electronically, and their programs are run against input they have not seen. Teams may submit their solutions as many times as they want, but they incur a 20-minute penalty for each incorrect submission.
“It helps them hone their problem solving and programming skills, get experience working in teams and practice making quick decisions when time is of the essence,” Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems Dr. Michael Rogers said. “Employers are always looking for employees with these attributes. It helps them get noticed in a crowded field and be more productive once they are employed.”
While the winning team answered three questions correctly, Team Fabulous answered two. Teams Alpha and Cardio answered one question. View the full results by clicking here.
Assistant Professors of Computer Science and Information Systems Dr. Aziz Fellah, Dr. Charles Hoot and Dr. Michael Rogers coached the Northwest teams.
After the competition, the students toured Garmin’s Olathe headquarters.
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