The extremely successful ECOO-CS Programming Contest season has come to an end for another year. The top three teams at the Provincial Final were:
Gold: Waterloo Collegiate Institute of the Waterloo Region District School Board.
Silver: Richmond Hill School of the York Region District School Board
Bronze: Don Mills Collegiate Institute of the Toronto District School Board
The first contests, at the Boardwide level, were held at the end of March by 21 school boards and the independent schools conference. Over 250 teams from over 125 schools participated.
On 26 April, three Regional Contests were held, hosted by the School of Computing at Queen’s University in Kingston, by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University in Toronto and by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario in London. A total of 93 teams participated.
The Provincial Final was held in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University in Toronto on 10 May. There were 26 teams from 22 schools representing 12 school boards from Ottawa to Windsor.
The competition was hotly contested. All teams solved at least two of the four programming problems. The top three teams were thrilled by their medals and prizes. One student from each of the remaining teams had a chance at a door prize.
The donuts provided sugar for the brains during the contest and the pizza and pop lunch after the contest was much deserved.The venue, AV support, food, parking and engraving for the trophy for the Provincial Final were all graciously provided by the York University Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. We really appreciate their support.
Without the problems developed by Dr. Sam Scott of Sheridan College and his team (Greg Reid, Kevin Forest, Nathan Schucher, Dino Baronhe, John Ketelaars), there would be no contests. Thanks to all for their hard work.
The coaches of the teams deserve appreciation for preparing their students for the competitions and donating up to three Saturdays to accompany them to the contests.
David F. Stermole