SPC’s Intercollegiate Programming Team, the Titan Coders, recently took home first place in the team competition at the Florida Intercollegiate Programming competition on Saturday, April 6. They beat out seven other Florida colleges.
The competition, which is open to students who are enrolled at least part-time at a Florida state college, allowed contestants to use Visual Basic.NET, Java, C++, Python, C# and/or C, or a combination of those programming languages. At the beginning of the competition, students were given eight programming problems, each with a set of requirements for the solution.
Judging was based on a pre-determined set of expected results for each problem. Outside of those parameters, the only criterion for successfully solving the problem is a working application that follows the requirements set forth for that problem.
The first place win, which came with a prize of $500, was a compilation of individual scores, which put Titan Coders on top. SPC student coder Joshua Welch took home third prize – and $100 – in the individual competition in a field of 80 coders using Python, making him one of the top programmers in Florida.
Academic Chair Dawn Ellis said that the win was a direct result of preparation and practice.
“After last year’s competition, a site was created within MyCourses called Titan Coders, in which every student who had completed Introduction to Computer Programming was enrolled,” Ellis said. “There, they could access the forum, where problems from past competitions were presented in order for them to practice their coding skills. SPC students took home the trophy this year because they are well prepared for programming challenges by the CCIT faculty.”