Coding Competitions and Westhill's Competitive Java Club
During the 2019-2020 academic year, Lockheed Martin's CodeQuest competition
will take place on May 2nd, 2020.
The Quinnipeac Coding Competition will take place on March 21st, 2020.
Westhill's competitive Java teams plan to participate in both of these regional coding competitions. as well as the . The format for these two competitions are similar but the eligibility requirements are quite different.
Quinnipeac's competition is open to all students. Depending on how much space Quinnipeac has available, Westhill plans to bring two or three teams of three to this event. We usually bring our varsity team and one or two other teams with less experience.
In comparision, CodeQuest is much more highly structured. The competition takes place on the grounds of Lockheed, at the Sikorski plant in Stratford, CT. Because Lockheed is a military contractor, only those students who are U.S. citizens may participate in this event. There are no exceptions. Furthermore, even though all teams engage in the same problem set, the competition is tiered between an advanced group and a novice section. To qualify for the novice team, all the members of the team must be taking their first organized computer science course in high school. Students in their second or third year of HS coding classes are, therefore, not permitted to participate in the novice section of the compeitition. As has been the case in previous years, Westhill plans to bring one varsity team and one novice team to CodeQuest in 2020.
To prepare for these competitions, students practice once or twice a month by tackling problems from previouis years. These practice sessions take place on Tuesdays in Lab 414 under the structure of Westhill's Competitive Java club. We typically meet on those Tuesdays that the Math Team is not having a practice meet. For more information on how to join our Competitive Java Club, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see competition problems from previous years, click on a folder, below, or click here.