Improve your programming skills and have fun competing against other teams from the area, state, nation, or world.
UIL LASA Computer Science competes in district, regional, and state UIL contests (see Results). The contest consists of a 45 minute individual written test and a 2-hour team programming competition. There are several local “practice” competitions open to anyone that signs up (though space may be limited). The official UIL district/regional/state competitions are limited to a single team per school. See UIL Contests – Things to Know for more information. TILF scholarship.
CyberPatriot teams are are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities in operating system images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Teams are mentored by professional cybersecurity experts. LASA had two teams last year.
Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions generally focus on the following skills: reverse engineering, cryptography, ACM style programming, web vulnerabilities, binary exercises, networking, and forensics. Getting started. Many students compete in teams throughout the year.
- Sep 16-18 CSAW CTF
- Oct 3 – Dec 31 IBM Master the Mainframe
- Nov 11-13 Cyberpatriot Qualification Round 1
- Dec 9-11 Cyberpatriot Qualification Round 2
- Dec 11 – Jan 4 SANS Holiday Hack Challenge
- Jan 13-15 Cyberpatriot State Round
- Jan 14 Indeed Invitational Hosted by LASA @ Indeed (UIL)
- Jan 26 (Thurs) NACLO North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad[NACLO @ LASA 8:30am-noon]
- Jan 28 Round Rock (UIL)
- Feb 4 Hendrickson (UIL)
- Feb 11 Westlake sponsored by ARM (UIL) 5707 Southwest Parkway, Austin, TX 73301
- Feb 18 Vandegrift “Viperwolf” sponsored by Oracle (UIL)
- Mar 4 HP Code Wars (7:30am) waiver schedule Stony Point High School 1801 Tiger Trail, Round Rock
- Mar 4 Westwood Winter Classic (UIL) (2pm)
- Mar 9 (Thurs) NACLO North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad [NACLO @ LASA 9am – 1pm]
- Mar 13 – 20 EasyCTF
- Mar 25 UIL District (5A District 25) @ Bowie HS
- Mar 31 – April 14 PicoCTF
- April 7-8 UIL Regional (5A Region 4) @ UTSA (info)
- April 21-22 UIL State @ UT (info)
- April 29 CodeQuest (Fort Worth, TX)
- May 20 – 27 HSCTF
- Download a Computer Science Sample Written Test
- Download sample Programming materials (from spring 2010 contests)
- Access sample Programming materials from 2013 contests
- A great resource is Mike Scott’s UIL page at www.cs.utexas.edu/~
- The book Competitive Programming 3: The New Lower Bound of Programming Contests is available in Room 222.
- See lasacs.com/online for various online resources & competitions
- 3 students per team
- Each team member takes a 45 minute written test which has 40 questions
- Sample test
- 6 points for correct answer, -2 points for incorrect answer
- Programming questions are written using the JAVA programming language
- Some questions are about JAVA syntax and JAVA language features
- Many questions are expressed in JAVA but are about more general/broader programming concepts ( e.g. algorithm, abstraction, computation)
- 2016-17 Topic list
- The 2 hour programming session consists of 12 problems of varying degrees of difficulty.
- Sample test
- Each problem is worth 60 points
- An incorrect solution results in a deduction of 5 points. A team that gets a problem right on the second try would receive 55 points (60 minus one five-point deduction). Point deductions for incorrect solutions will only be counted in the team score IF the team ultimately gets that problem correct.
- In an official UIL contests the program solutions must be submitted in JAVA. Some of the practice competitions allow other languages to be used.
- Java Platform Standard Edition Version 8 will be used in 2016-2017
- Each team of 3 programmers will also need a computer to work on.
- A team may use ONLY ONE computer during the contest – this means one system, one monitor and one keyboard/mouse. Teams using a laptop computer may use an external display and keyboard/mouse, but these may only be used INSTEAD OF, not in addition to, the laptop’s built-in devices. A team may also bring a backup computer to use in case of equipment failure. Only compiler and necessary system software should be installed on the team’s computer. A compiler’s built-in libraries and help functions may be used during the contest, but previously written programs MAY NOT be used and must be removed from the computer prior to competition.
- No internet access during the contest.
- Each team may bring two program language reference books or textbooks. Books must be published works that are widely available. Books must also be reasonably free of handwritten notes. Several reference books are available in Room 222.
- Printers are allowed but not necessary.
- UIL Computer Science web page
- UIL Contests – Things to Know for more information
- NOW – 31 Dec Codebreaker Challenge
- Sep 18-20 CSAW CTF
- Oct 1 – Dec 31 IBM Master the Mainframe
- Oct 10 UIL hands on & written @ Jack C Hays High School in Buda TX sign up details
- Oct 17-18 HitCon CTF
- Oct 31st Battle of Brains Oct 31st @ UT Dallas sign-up Details Register
- Oct 31 – 7 Nov Easy CTF
- Nov 7-8 noon-to-noon CodeDay Austin
- Dec 11-14 USACO USA Computing Olympiad First Contest [online]
- Jan 9 Indeed Invitational Hosted by LASA (UIL)
- Jan 15-18 USACO USA Computing Olympiad Second Contest [online]
- Jan 25-Feb 15 Inaugural Room 222 Programming challenge [Room 222]
- Jan 28 NACLO North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad[@ LASA @ 9am-noon]
- Feb 6 Hendrickson HS Competition (UIL)
- Feb 13-14 noon-to-noon CodeDay Austin
- Feb 19-22 USACO Third Contest [online]
- Feb 20 Westwood Winter Classic (1pm – 5pm)(UIL)
- Feb 27 Vandegrift HS 7th annual Viperwolf Competition (UIL)
- Mar 5 HP Code Wars Location: Stony Point HS 8:15am
- Mar 19-26 LASA CTF
- Apr 2 UIL District Competition (5A District 26) at TBD (hopefully LASA)
- Apr 1-4 USACO USA Computing Olympiad US Open [online]
- Apr 22 UIL Regional Meet (Conference 5A, Region IV) in UTSA MH 2.01.36 (written 4pm, hands-on 5pm)
- Apr 30 Code Quest (@ Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth) register by Apr 7
- May 24-25 UIL State Meet at UT Austin
- Oct 6th through Dec 31st US & Canada Master the Mainframe Contest [online]
- Oct 27 to Nov 7 picoCTF A national online hacking competition [online]
- Nov 8-9 noon-to-noon CodeDay Austin
- Dec 1 – Jan 19 Google Code-In 2014 [online]
- Dec 6 Belton Invitational (Belton HS, TX)
- Dec 12-16 USACO USA Computing Olympiad First Contest [online]
- Jan 10 Indeed Invitational Hosted by LASA here in Austin (UIL) [rescheduled]
- Jan 16-19 USACO USA Computing Olympiad Second Contest [online]
- Jan 29 North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) [@ LASA]
- Jan 31 Round Rock HS Competition (UIL)
- Feb 7 Hendrickson HS Competition (UIL)
- Feb 14 Indeed Invitational Hosted by LASA @ LASA (UIL) [@ LASA]
- Feb 14 Lake Travis HS (written only)
- Feb 14-15 noon-to-noon CodeDay Austin
- Feb 21 Westwood Winter Classic (Written up to 20 students) (Hands-on only 1 team of 3)
- Feb 20-23 USACO USA Computing Olympiad Third Contest [online]
- Feb 28 Vandegrift HS Competition (6th annual Viperwolf)
- Apr 3-6 USACO USA Computing Olympiad Fourth Contest [online]
- Mar 7 HP Code Wars Location: HP Austin
- Mar 12 ROUND 2 of North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) [@ LASA]
- Mar 28 UIL District Competition (5A District 26) at TBD (hopefully LASA)
- Apr 24&25 UIL Regional Meet (Conference 5A, Region IV) in UTSA (April 24 6pm hands on April 25 2pm written)
- May 17-24 HSCTF A national hacking competition [online]
- May 26 UIL State Meet at UT Austin (2pm written; 4:30pm hands on)