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High School Programming Contest

Fitchburg State University’s Department of Computer Science is pleased to sponsor a High School Programming Contest twice a year. Teams of up to four students from area high schools compete as a unit to solve computer programming puzzle-problems. Although the low-stakes, high-pressure programming game bears only a little resemblance to engineering in the real world, it is a lot of fun, and many teams return year after year.

We feel that our partnering with local K-12 schools helps promote Computer Science and to prepare the students for professional careers in the rapidly changing field of computer science.

There is no cost for the contest or refreshments!

Next Contest date:

  • Spring 2018 - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

To be added to our mailing list for the next contest and more information about the contest, please contact Christine Nickoloff at or 978-665-3290.

Practice Problems:

Practice Problems 1 (MS Word)
Practice Problems 2 (MS Word)

Algonquin Regional High School's 1st Place team at the Spring 2017 contest

Past Winners:
Winter 2016 - Barrington High School
Spring 2016 - Academy of Aerospace & Engineering
Winter 2015 - Westford Academy
Spring 2015 - Westford Academy
Winter 2014 - Westford Academy
Spring 2014 - Barrington High School
Winter 2013 - Barrington High School
Spring 2013 - Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science