Programming Contest

  • Award Winners

    Rank Project Name(s) School
    First Place Air Hockey Adam Ackerman
    Adam Musciano
    Aaron Coplan
    Bethel Park High School
    Bethel Park, PA
    Second Place Quadrant J.R. Rutkauskas Chartiers Valley High School
    Bridgeville, PA
    Third Place Resistor Calculator and Translator Nicola Gnecco
    Timothy Chase
    Jamison Mercurio
    East Aurora High School
    East, NY
    Honorable Mention FlipIt! Thomas Wildenhain Bishop Canevin High School
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Honorable Mention Boggle Victor Mao Franklin Regional High School
    Murrysville, PA
    Honorable Mention Fuzits Jeremiah Kellick Calvary Baptist Christian Academy
    Meadville, PA

    Is Computing in Your Future?

    Can you write in Visual BASIC, C++, Java or Other high-level programming Language? Then show us what you can do!

    Gannon University is sponsoring the annual Computer Programming Contest for high school students. The contest is designed to encourage students to learn computer programming and to reward their excellent work! High school students in all grades are eligible to participate.

    Students can make submissions individually or as a group. All entries are free. All students who enter must have a sponsoring teacher from their respective high school or a private teacher for home schooling. Entries must be accompanied by the sponsoring teacher’s contact details, complete student information, as well as a clear technical documentation of the submitted project.

    How to Register

    Your project/team must be registered between February 2, 2015 and March 3, 2015 using the contest registration form. Please note the deadline for submitting your project is March 3, 2015.

    Before proceeding with registration, please have all the information for your sponsoring teacher available, as well as all team member information (if applicable) as documented in the contest rules.

    Contest Rules 

    Student Information

    • Individual or group entries are permitted.
    • Participant must have a sponsoring teacher. A sponsoring teacher can be any teacher/instructor at student’s school who is familiar with the student’s programming skills.
    • Complete and accurate information must be provided for all students registering for the contest. This includes (but is not limited to):
      • Student name
      • Complete address (city, state, zip)
      • Phone
      • Email address
      • School information (city, state, zip)
      • Academic interest
      • Expected year of graduation
      • Instructor's name
      • Instructor's email 
    • If registering as a team, all students must register individually.
    • Complete and accurate information must be provided for the sponsoring teacher. This includes, but is not limited to:
      • Teacher’s name
      • Email address
      • School name
      • Address  (city, state, zip)
      • Phone
    • We are not responsible for incorrect registration information.
    • Employees of Gannon University and their children are prohibited from participating. This contest is void where prohibited by law. Taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners.

    Project Requirements

    • Entries can be written in any programming language as long as they are executable on a PC running LINUX or Windows operating system.
    • Games are acceptable.
    • Entries must be accompanied by clear documentation of:
      • The problem the program is intended to solve
      • Instruction of program installation and deployment OR complete installation package
      • Operation instruction

    Judging Criteria

    • Functionalities, design style and difficulties
    • User interface and graphic interaction
    • Completeness of documentation of system and platform requirement, clear procedures to install submitted program and required software supplement and clear instruction of how to execute application
    • Percentage of self-develop code vs. using "third party" functions

    Cash Prizes

    • 1st Prize: $300
    • 2nd Prize: $150
    • 3rd Prize: $100
    • Honorable Mention: $50

    For group entries, prizes will be distributed among group members.

    Project Submission

    By submitting materials to this programming contest website, all authors attest to the ownership of the submitted materials, and to providing Gannon University with an unlimited license to use the submitted materials for teaching, marketing of computing and computing programs, and other non-commercial use.

    Project Submission

    Call 814.871.7738