Programmania, an annual computer competition organized by Business and Computer Department Heads from the board’s seven secondary schools, was as good as its word, providing three ‘manic’ hours of computer programming and coding challenges, and fun.
Held at St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School on March 31st, the event hosted the best and brightest from across the system in what many consider to be the most difficult intellectual student contest of the year. Each team consists of four students who must share in the work equally.
Scoring is based on accuracy and speed, said Linda Fidanza, Department Head for Business and Computers at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School. She added gold, silver and bronze medals are presented to the top three teams who then qualify to go on to the regional competition at the end of April.
Leading this year’s board-wide competition was Cathedral High School which placed 1st in a field of 12, followed by 2nd place team Cardinal Newman and 3rd place Bishop Ryan.
The teams will advance to the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) regional programming contest at the University of Western Ontario in London on April 29th.
Each board is invited to send a girls’ team, said Fidanza. The special recognition is designed to encourage females in technology.
The best from the regional tournament will move on to the final programming contest at York University on May 13th.