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US Technology Students Compete in Informal “Code Challenge” with a DLD Twist

by Chris Lipp, US Technology Instructor
In what is quickly becoming a tradition for Upper School technology students, recently the semi-annual “Code Challenge Competition” was held with a DLD twist. Part of the curriculum in the “Introduction to Computer Based Control” class each semester is to learn how computers handle mathematical order of operations. Although similar to the “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” that most learn at some point during their math studies, computer code and programming offer some interesting twists and caveats that are unique to this field.

To keep the study of this subject interesting and fun, during this unit each student modifies a Java based program with three input variables of their choosing and then creates four equations that build on one another. Although this concludes the graded portion of the unit, to keep things interesting, students then try each other's formulas using only pencil and paper and accumulate points for each correct answer. The overall winner from each section then receives a small prize.

To keep the tradition going, this semester’s competition had to go virtual. All student variables and formulas were placed in a Schoology “quiz” and then published to the class. This “quiz” did not affect the students average but did allow a winner to be determined from each section. When all the dust had settled, Amy Zhang (Class of 2020) and Will Jennings (Class of 2022) each won their respective period’s competitions.

But what about a prize for the winners? Enter Upper School “Wonder Woman” to the rescue - Mrs. Harling. In her normal “No Problem” style, Mrs. Harling has ensured that our two winners will get their just reward. Thanks to all that participated and a big “congrats” to Amy and Will.
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  • Candy McCall
    Congratulations Amy and Will!
    • Amy Zhang

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