This competition is ONLY FOR 3rd thru 6th GRADE.
Registration for 2018-19 is now closed. Teams have now been formed.
Questions? Please reach out to the Coordinators at McNair.ACSL@gmail.com
American Computer Science League (ACSL) organizes computer science and programming contests for elementary, junior, and senior high school students.
McNair PTA is excited to support this computer science program starting 2018-19 school year and encourages students in grades 3-6 to participate in the contests.
Elementary Division is open to students from grades 3 -6 and consists of non-programming problems. Four contests each consisting of a 30-minute, 5-question tests would be administered.
Junior Division is geared to students with no previous experience in programming/coding. Four contests each consisting of a 30-minute 5-question short answer test and a take home program to solved in 72-hours. Team scores are based on the sum of the best 5 scores each test. McNair PTA recommends this division for 5th and 6th graders interested in programming/coding.
The program is based on a curriculum and is run as four-part contests during the school year. The last day that each contest must be completed is as follows:
Contest #1: Friday, December 21, 2018
Contest #2: Friday, February 1, 2019
Contest #3: Friday, March 8, 2019
Contest #4: Friday, April 19, 2019
All-Star Contest and Prizes
Based upon cumulative results after the four contests, ACSL will
- invite the top scoring teams in each division to complete at its All-Star Contest. At the All-star Contest, prizes are awarded to top scoring teams and to top scoring students.
- award plaques to top scoring students and teams based upon previously announced geographic regions.
McNair PTA would help facilitate team formation. Please register your child(ren) using this form before Saturday, October 20th.
A team comprises of one administrator/coach and a minimum of 5 students. Each Team can participate in one of the divisions - elementary or junior division. Team administrator would register the team directly with ACSL as a private/neighborhood team (not as a "McNair" team) and pay the required fees to participate. ACSL would send the administrator the contest materials and instructions on how to submit the results. More information can be found here. PTA would be able to help administer the tests, if needed.
ACSL at McNair relies on volunteers to coach the teams. PTA requests parents/guardians with computer science background to volunteer to coach and support this program. PTA would establish a community forum for the coaches to share knowledge, resources and help each other.