Taylor High School is hosting our annual computer science contest on October 28th, 2017.

About the Contest

We’re planning a two-part contest with advanced and novice Java divisions. The Java contests will follow the UIL style with a 45-minute individual written test followed by a 2-hour team programming contest.

Novice and advanced Java teams are $40 which includes their written tests.

And, since it’s so close to Halloween we’re also going to have a costume contest. Be sure to tell your kids. Last year we only had 4 dress up.


Like most contests in the area, we’re leaving the decision of determining Advanced vs. Novice teams to the sponsors. You know your students best.

Things to consider when placing are

  • How long the student has been programming, either in or out of class
  • How many contests they have attended
  • How well they’ve placed at previous contests

Coaches Division

We’re also going to have a coaches’ programming division this year for those of y’all that are looking for something to do while your students are programming. It’ll be teams of up to 3 coaches, and you can team up with coaches from other schools. No cost for the coaches’ division, and winners might even get a really ugly trophy.

The programming packet will be the same between contestants and coaches so you can talk trash to your students after you sweep.

Submissions & Networks

For the Java programming component we will be running a wireless network and judging submissions using PC^2. We will not have wired connections available.

In case of network issues, we will fall back to using USB drives for submissions. Please bring 3 or 4 per team just in case.

The Scratch contest will be graded at the contestants’ computers and they will not need network access.

Planned Schedule

  • 7:30: Setup & Registration
  • 8:30: Java written exam, UIL style
  • 9:30: Setup, intro, and practice round
  • 10:30-12:30: Programming contest
  • 12:30-1:00: Appeals and clean-up
  • Awards as soon after appeals as possible.


Per team

  • 1 computer
  • 1 printer
  • External keyboard and mouse
  • 1 commercially available reference book


We’ll have a concession stand with lots of caffeine, candy, and snacks. We’ll also have pizza for lunch at $12 each.


Registration Form

Please make checks payable to Taylor High School.

THS Registration Form

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