2022 ACTE SPRING TPC

Team Programming Challenge

Thursday, FEBRUARY 24 

CHANGE in DATE - TPC is now Thursday, February 24th.
There was a conflict with the Alabama high-school state-wide math competition, so sorry!  

Are you a coder and love computer science and want to show off your skills? 
Are you in grades 7 – 12? 
Do you have 2 or 3 friends who code?
 Need some money? 
Have a teacher or parent to sponsor you?

PERFECT – SIGN UP NOW 


Our goal is to bring computer programming teams across Alabama together to compete virtually.  

Students at all levels of computer programming skills are invited and encouraged to participate.

Level III - Grades 7/8; Level IV - Grades 9/10; Level V - Grades 11/12


Interested?  What to do now?


  1. Register ASAP or by February 18, 2022.  Sponsors first, then teams.

    NEED AN EXTENSION TO REGISTER...email actestate2@gmail.com 


  2. Teams of 2 - 4 students in grades 7-12. Competition Fee: $20.00 per student

  3. One sponsor per school. Sponsor receives invoice upon registration completion. One payment per school either by school check or electronic payment.  Due upon receipt.   


  4. Students must create an individual account on the competition website: https://actecomp.org/


  5. Sponsors may create an account on the competition website to monitor team progress.


  6. If you participated previously, use your current login.  Or create a login if you are new to TPC.  You may go log into the ACTE competition website to gain access to practice competitions and become familiar with the software. 

    Be sure to write down your login and password!


  7. DO NOT CREATE MORE THAN ONE ACCOUNT PER PERSON ON THE COMPETITION WEBSITE.  If you have a problem, contact us.  


  8. Sponsors receive email copy of ACTE SPRING Virtual Guidebook 2022 containing competition rules, schedule, and a comprehensive guide to using the ACTE contest platform for practice and competition.  


    COMPETITION DAY, Thursday, February 24, 2022


  1. TPC teams log on to the competition website and click on the competition to join. All students join a common WebEx meeting for attendance purposes, and remain in the WebEx meeting to ask questions, report errors, clear up confusion, and listen for contest managers to announce any rule changes or question wording changes live.


  2. Once the competition begins, teams can view all problems; read descriptions and other problem information; and submit their code. Submissions are processed live and are automatic, so teams can view their score as it is being tallied. Teams may use more than one computer during the competition.


  3. While this is going on, teams can also compare their progress to other teams by watching a live running scoreboard. The software compiles, runs, and scores all the team’s solutions. Team members can see each other's submissions, and the highest-scoring submission is posted each time.


  4. Teams are expected to arrange their own communication through the usage of a group call, Discord, or similar software. Permitted languages are C99, C++11, Java and Python3.


  5. There may be one or two rounds of competition, depending on the number of teams.


  6. Teams compete against each other for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes within their level. Prizes presented electronically from ACTE. 

    1st Place Team Prize - $200; 2nd Place Team Prize - $100; 3rd Place Team Prize $60


  7. Virtual competition, no resident judges.  There is a competition manager. Problems are graded automatically, and feedback on the solutions is released live. Each piece of feedback on each test case has an associated code letter to identify the exact error encountered. See more information on this in the ACTE SPRING Virtual TPC Guidebook 2022.


  8. Competition results are posted on the ACTE website by the end of the day, February 25, 2022. Official solutions to the problems, including a problem analysis, and the code is released soon after the competition ends.






STAYED TUNED FOR OUR SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE!!


ACTE WINTER PYTHON VIRTUAL COMPUTER PROGRAMMING CAMP


NO COST  


December 2021  


Camp Sessions  1 - 3 - December 20 - 21 - 22  
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Camp Sessions  4 - 6 - December 27 - 28 - 29         (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Daily Class time:  9 AM - 10 AM
Practice problem sets: 10 AM - 11:30 AM 
(Allotted time, may be shortened or extended depending on student needs)

How to prepare for the ACTE Python Computer Programming Camp: 

1.  Register online:   https://forms.gle/ZiXm12bsZU1hycZP9

2.  Create an account on the ACTE practice/competition website: https://actecomp.org    (unless you already have a login) 

3.  Complete a short skills diagnostic test prior to 12/18/21, located under the “Practice” Tab on the competition website, titled "2021 Winter Camp ACTE Pre-Test."

Students who score above 4/6 will be put in the advanced class; those who score less than 4/6 will be put in the introductory class.  

NOTE:   Please do not use the Internet to assist yourself on this skills test, it will only be to your own detriment, as you will not be able to keep up in class.

We are also accepting sixth grade students who have a keen interest in programming and who may compete in our next competition at the level three division.  

During camp, the problems will be posted on the ACTE Competition Website https://actecomp.org and students can continue to work on the problems at will.  

Upon completion of the camp, students will receive a camp certificate for participation/completion.   

Our goal is to provide students an overview and instruction of Python, an easy-to-understand computer programming language which uses real coding syntax. This camp will help develop keen computer programming skills and prepare students for future ACTE Team Programming Challenge Events.
If you have any questions, please ask! 

ACTE Virtual FALL Team Programming Challenge Awards

November 18, 2021 

CONGRATULATIONS - YOU ALL WERE AMAZING!!

Level 3 Teams - Grades 7/8

1st Place – Denton Magnet School of Technology

“Mambas” – Owen Farmer, Derek Ricafort, Will Culpepper, Chase Joiner

2nd Place – Baldwin County Virtual Middle School

“The Pelican Squad” – Aiden Anderson and Emerson Willkie

3rd Place – Denton Magnet School of Technology

“NL” – Donald Barrett, Ethan Emonina, and Logan Phillips


Level 4 Teams – Grades 9/10

1st Place – James Clemens High School

“The Bandwidth Besties” – Nivrti Eadala, Madhu Balaji, Grace Hur, Connie Guo

2nd Place – St. Paul’s Episcopal School

“SPS Gamers” – Phillip Gill, John Collier Tierce, Daniel Gill

3rd Place – James Clemens High School

“Expecting Crashes” – Andrew Gohlich, Sophia Simpson, Hannah Park, Brian Venson


Level 5 Teams – Grades 11/12

1st Place – James Clemens High School, Madison

“JCHS Group 6” – Pranav Somu, Joshua Wang, Jeremiah Yang, Daniel Je

2nd Place – James Clemens High School, Madison

“Oriental Market” – Steve Jung, Kourtland Harmon, Alex King, Jaden Yu

3rd Place – Tuscaloosa Academy, Tuscaloosa

“TA Knights” – Michael Constantine, Haven Thompson, Dawson Bielstein, Birdie Sun


Winning Schools/Sponsors

Baldwin County Virtual Middle School – Mobile, AL – Melissa Ard

Denton Magnet School of Technology, Mobile, AL – Lisa Molyneux

James Clemens High School, Madison, AL – Kayla Brown

St. Paul’s Episcopal School – Mobile, AL – Donna Macken

Tuscaloosa Academy, Tuscaloosa, AL – Tammi Scheiring


A special thank you to Jerry, our resident ACTE competition manager!  

Great job Jerry Zheng.


STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEXT PROGRAMMING COMPETITION!! 




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   Our goal is to be a conduit for student success in the world of computer programming by 
providing a means to sharpen student programming skills, encourage more students to compete, and build team programming collaboration skills.  

ACTE activities support Governor Ivy’s Alabama Computer Science Initiative:
 “To provide all Alabama learners with access to excellent STEM educational programming and experiences that build a solid foundation and provide opportunities for entry into the workforce.”  

NOTE:  The ACTE state-wide Virtual FALL & SPRING Team Programming Challenge (TPC) events are in lieu of the ACTE TPC regional and state competitions in year's past. 

 

The new virtual TPC events accommodate more students state-wide for each competition.  


 Currently there is no qualifying contest for 

the Fall & Spring TPC competitions. Again, 

this applies only to the Team Programming Challenge events, and not to the regular technology fair for the regional and state category project entries which follows a 

separate protocol.