This competition is ONLY FOR 3rd thru 6th GRADE.
Questions? Please reach out to the coordinators at email@example.com
Registrations for 2019-20 are now closed.
Teams have been formed for this year and team assignments have been sent out via email to the parent/guardian of the participants.
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. Contest dates at McNair:
Contest #1: December 17, 2019
Contest #2: February 4, 2020
Contest #3: March 10, 2020
Contest #4: April 14, 2020
All-Star Contest and Prizes in Connecticut (May 23, 2020) Junior Division Only
Based upon cumulative results after the four contests, ACSL will
- invite the top scoring teams in Junior 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.
Please register your child(ren) using this form before Saturday, October 12th. McNair PTA will form teams of 5-7 students with a coach. PTA would administer the contests and report the results for entire McNair Team. This is different from how the competition was conducted in 2018-19.
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.
McNair PTA collects a fee from each participant of this program to pay for the following:
- School/PTA registration fees payable to hosting organization
- Certificates and Awards for participants and celebration.
- Scholarships for participants qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch program.
- Program Administration (forming the teams, helping the coaches, handling event logistics, celebration etc.).
Please note that McNair PTA program administrators are unpaid volunteers. A portion of the fees collected for compensating them for their time is donated to McNair PTA instead. Surplus funds are used to support student and teacher resources at McNair ES.