On March 5, 2012, the WPI Computer Science Department held its 7th Annual High School Programming Contest. Some 117 students from 26 Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire high schools participated in the four-hour contest. The students who participated are among the best programmers of their age groups.
Forty teams, each with three students, competed to tackle a set of nine increasingly difficult programming problems. Two teams solved all nine problems. Each of the top three teams received a trophy and a copy of the book Algorithms in a Nutshell by WPI professors George Heineman, Gary Pollice, and Stanley Selkow. All participants received a book of Sujiken® puzzles by Professor Heineman.
Mark J. Freitas '78, MS, '80, a member of WPI's Computer Science Advisory Board, provided the initial funding for this event.
Of the 40 teams, the final top 10 were:
Westborough High School, (9 problems solved) - GOLD Trophy
Mass. Academy of Math and Science, (9 problems solved) - SILVER Trophy
Wachusett Regional High School, (8 problems solved) - BRONZE Trophy
Mass. Academy of Math and Science, (7 problems solved)
Greater Hartford Academy of Math & Science, (7 problems solved)
Algonquin Regional High School, (7 problems solved)
Minnechaug Regional High School, (7 problems solved)
Saint John’s High School, (7 problems solved)
Needham High School, (7 problems solved)
Wellesley High School, (7 problems solved)
A complete list of participating schools and full details of the contest are available online.