Hewlett-Packard CodeWars

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FHS advanced Computer Science students attended the 20th annual HP CodeWars on Saturday, March 4 at the HP campus in north Houston. There were 250 teams represented from all over Texas as well as Florida. Trophies were given out to the top five scores in both the novice and the advanced programming categories.

The team of Josh Dickens, Oliver Olsen and Noah Geno tied for 4th place, however, since they had more wrong submissions than the Clements team, Clements was 4th and we placed 5th.

The other two teams were in the top 20.

The students who competed in the advanced division were Jenna Chenette, Joseph Steiger and Cameron Brunt. The other students in the novice division (“Team RGB” due to their ties and suits!) that competed were Jared Clifford, Ben Parker and Nick Ess. The HP volunteers who first greeted them when they got off the bus were impressed about how nice they looked!

Annette Walter is the Computer Science Sponsor and Coach at FHS.

Read more about the HP CodeWars below.

Programming teams in action during the contest

Programming teams in action during the contest

Programming teams in action during the contest

Josh Dickens, Oliver Olsen and Noah Geno

About HP CodeWars

Hewlett-Packard CodeWars is a first-class computer programming competition for high school students. CodeWars has been hosted by Hewlett-Packard’s Houston campus for 20 years. A CodeWars event combines several quality ingredients: a high-tech setting, a wide range of programming challenges, plenty of programmer food, music, plus giveaways — all in an exciting, stimulating and competitive environment.

Students enjoy pushing their limits in an energetic atmosphere. After the formal contest is over, trophies are awarded to the top 5 team competitors in both a novice (first year java students) and advanced (students who have finished a java course) category. Three students make up a team. They all share one computer. One is programming on the computer, while the other two try to solve another programming challenge on paper. When a student has completed the program on the computer and has submitted it, then another team member will jump in and try to program the problem on the computer.

In addition to the programming challenges that students love to solve, there are loads of exciting door prizes like computers, monitors, software and accessories. This is the ultimate high school computer programming competition.