Skip to main content
Menu
Close Search

Program Design Competition

The 2018 Competition

View this year's winners.

The 2019 Competition

The event occurs on March 28.

The Problem is NOW OPEN!  See the link at the right.

The link to the Registration Page is also open.

Overview

The SDSU Program Design Competition allows high school students to interact with students from other high schools and industry mentors, with the goal of demonstrating and sharpening their problem-solving, design, and teamwork skills. The contest provides a platform for industry and academia to offer encouragement to the next generation of computing professionals, in the pursuit of excellence.

Supporting companies

Pizza Ranch    |    Daktronics 

Program design problem

Students can participate with little or no programming experience.  Students will design a software application based on logical thinking, problem solving skills, and high school math and science knowledge. The project should be designed and implemented by team members at their home/school and will be presented at SDSU. Student teams will have 23 weeks to work on their design project.  Industry mentors may be available upon request.

Team composition

A representative of the sponsoring high school must serve as the team coach. The coach certifies the eligibility of the contestants and serves as official point-of-contact with the team prior to and during contest activities.  A team may have only one coach.  Students currently enrolled in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota high schools are eligible. Each team may consist of up to three contestants.  Each contestant must be the same student who appears on the registration form. 

Scoring

Judges will include faculty members of the SDSU Computer Science and Software Engineering programs, SDSU Computer Science students, and representatives from supporting companies.

For the design project, teams may choose their own software and must bring their software to present their project on competition day.

Project will be evaluated based upon originality, creativity, completeness, and technical skills.  See the Judges' Rubric.

Awards

1st place

  • First year scholarship* for each team member who enrolls and remains in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at SDSU (maximum $1000 per person)
  • Goodies for each team member
  • Plaque for the team coach

2nd place

  • First year scholarship* for each team member who enrolls and remains in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at SDSU (maximum $750 per person)
  • Goodies for each team member
  • Plaque for the team coach

3rd place

  • First year scholarship* for each team member who enrolls and remains in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at SDSU (maximum $500 per person)
  • Goodies for each team member
  • Plaque for the team coach
 
Each participating team will be recognized by the Dean of the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering and supporting companies. All teams will be showcased in local and regional publications.


*May be satisfied by a Jackrabbit Guarantee.