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Computer-savvy students to debug codes in countywide contest


Last updated 4/4/2019 at 3:53pm

MORENO VALLEY - Middle and high school students with above-average computer skills will test their capabilities Saturday in the inaugural Riverside County Programming Competition.

The event, scheduled to begin at noon at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, will involve 129 students from nine school districts working to debug lines of code using the HackerRank platform, which is the industry standard in assessing computer scientists' knowledge, according to the county Office of Education.

"I'm excited and thrilled for our first-ever programming competition,'' Superintendent of Schools Judy White said. "The technology industry continues to evolve, and our students must have strong computer science skills to be prepared for successful careers.''

Mentors from UC Riverside and Cal Poly Pomona have contributed to the competition, providing preparatory exercises for the student teams to use in the last six weeks.

The debugging problems with which youths will be confronted are derived from "The Pragmatic Programmer,'' a software engineering guide that details the tools of the trade, according to the Office of Education.

The book promotes the use of a rubber duck that programmers should carry around to explain their debugging methods, line-by-line.

The Corona-Norco Unified, Desert Sands Unified, Hemet Unified, Jurupa Valley Unified, Moreno Valley Unified, Palm Springs Unified, Perris Union, Temecula Valley Unified and Val Verde Unified school districts all have students participating.

Coaches and proctors will be on hand at each stage of the event, which will conclude with an awards ceremony about 4 p.m. Saturday.


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