2020 Wisconsin-Dairyland Programming Competition

The Wisconsin-Dairyland chapter of the CSTA, in conjunction with the Marquette University chapters of ACM and UPE, welcomes high school students with Java, Python or Scratch programming experience to participate in a morning of computer science problem solving and/or storytelling.

This Competition features three divisions:

Java/Python Division (Blue)

A traditional team-based programming competition, modeled on the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. Teams of three or four students will have three hours and two computers to work collaboratively to solve problems similar in scope to Advanced Placement Computer Science exam questions. Points will be awarded based on the number of problems correctly solved and the time taken to solve, with appropriate penalties for incorrect submissions. Development environments available will most likely include Eclipse, NetBeans, WordPad + JDK, Cygwin tools, BlueJ, and IntelliJ.

You may find it useful to review our Competition Rules, and Java Preparation Notes (Python Preparation Notes coming soon).

Open/Scratch Division (Gold)

Teams of two or three students will have three hours and one computer to implement a themed Scratch project. Submissions will be judged on creativity, use of key Scratch constructs, and theme correspondence. This division will be suitable for introductory students familiar with Scratch.

AP Computer Science Principles (Eagle)

Teams of two or three students will be working together to solve challenges and present their results, similar to the concepts tested in the AP Computer Science Principles exam. (If you sign up for this division, we will email you by the first week of March with more details about this division).



Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI


Wednesday, April 15, 2020


This is a tentative schedule and could change at any time. We will try our best to notify you of any changes.

Registration closes March 27th, 2020