BEAVER COMPUTING CONTEST

 

The Beaver Computing Challenge (BCC) is offered by the University of Waterloo and the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing. This contest is designed to challenge introductory computing and programming students. It is a 45-minute contest targeted towards children aged 10 to 15.

AUDIENCE

  • Students below 6th Grade are welcome to write the Grade 5/6 BCC
  • Students below 8th Grade are welcome to write the Grade 7/8 BCC
  • Students below 10th Grade are welcome to write the Grade 9/10 BCC

FORMAT

Grade 5/6 BCC
The Grade 5/6 BCC consists of 12 multiple choice questions, where the maximum score is 60 marks. Each question will vary in difficulty.

Some calculators are permitted.

Grade 7/8 BCC and Grade 9/10 BCC
The Grade 7/8 BCC and Grade 9/10 BCC both consists of 15 multiple choice questions, where the maximum score is 90 marks. Each question will vary in difficulty.

Some calculators are permitted.

DATE

The date for the 2019 calendar year has not been released yet. We will update this information when it does!

DURATION OF CONTEST

The duration of the contest is 45 minutes, the 45 minutes will be continuous and no breaks are permitted in the 45 minutes.

CONTENT

The BCC is a problem-solving contest with a focus on computational and logical thinking. Questions are inspired by topics in computer science but only require comfort with concepts found in mathematics curriculum common to all provinces.

CANADIAN COMPUTING COMPETITION

 

The Canadian Computing Competition (CCC) is the most highly regarded computing contest in Canada. Offered by the University of Waterloo, the CCC is a challenging competition that tests students’ ability to create and code with algorithms. Performing well on the CCC demonstrates a students’ strength in computing.

AUDIENCE

  • Students in their first year of a Canadian Ministry of Education recognized computer programming course are welcome to write the Junior Canadian Computing Competition.
  • Students who have intermediate to advanced skill in computer programming are welcome to write the Senior Canadian Computing Competition.

FORMAT

Both the Junior and Senior CCC consist of 5 questions where the participant must write a program code for each question. The total score is 75 marks and questions are increasingly difficult.

DATE


The contest date for the 2019 calendar year is February 20, 2019.

DURATION OF CONTEST

The duration of the contest is 3 hours, the 3 hours will be continuous and no breaks are permitted in the 3 hours.

CONTENT

Questions 1 and 2Straightforward (e.g., basic loops and conditions)
Questions 3 and 4
More challenging (e.g. some combination of loops, conditions and counting)
Question 5Some advanced material (e.g., recursion, efficient sorting, clever algorithms)
Questions 1 and 2Basic algorithms (e.g., sorting, searching)
Questions 3 and 4More advanced algorithms (e.g., careful counting, some mathematical reasoning)
Question 5IOI level question

AMERICAN COMPUTER SCIENCE LEAGUE

 

The ACSL is an international contest league, sponsored by Google. Students will be testing their programming skills and going head-to-head against worldwide competitors. This series consists of 4 contests, and, teams that perform well are then invited to compete against the crème de la crème in the All-Star Contest.

AUDIENCE

  • Students who are in all grades and have little to no programming experience are welcome to write in the Classroom Division.
  • Students who are in Grades 3 to 6 and have little to no programming experience are welcome to write in the Elementary Division.
  • Students who are in Grades 7 to 9 and have little to no programming experience are welcome to write in the Junior Division.
  • Students who are in Grades 10 to 12 and have little to no programming experience are welcome to write in the Intermediate Division.
  • Students who are in Grades 10 to 12 and have advanced programming experience are welcome to write in the Senior Division.

DATE

The contest dates for the 2018/2019 season are:

Friday, December 21, 2018
Friday, February 1, 2019
Friday, March 8, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019

DURATION AND FORMAT OF CONTEST

 

Classroom Division
The Classroom Division is 50 minutes long, the 50 minutes will be continuous and no breaks are permitted in the 50 minutes. The contest will consist of 10 short answer questions.

Elementary Division
The Elementary Division is 30 minutes long, the 30 minutes will be continuous and no breaks are permitted in the 30 minutes. The contest will consist of 5 questions.

Junior Division
The Junior Division has two parts, the first being the 30-minute section and the second being the take-home program. The first section consists of 5 short answer questions and the second has a time limit of 72 hours.

Intermediate Division
The Intermediate Division has two parts, the first begin the 30-minute section and the second being the take-home program. The first section consists of 5 short answer questions and the second has a time limit of 72 hours.

Senior Division
The Senior Division has two parts, the first begin the 30-minute section and the second being the take-home program. The first section consists of 5 short answer questions and the second has a time limit of 72 hours.

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