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Date Set for Second Annual All-State Coding Competition

The Arkansas Department of Education announced earlier this month that the second annual Governor’s All-State Coding Competition will be held May 5, 2018 at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The event’s participants (eighth- through twelfth-graders) have to get through a preliminary round – the Governor’s All-Region Coding Competition, which is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. February 12, 2018, according to the Arkansas Department of Education’s website. Registration for the all-region event closes Jan. 1, 2018. Sixteen regional locations throughout Arkansas will host the preliminary event; those who proceed will meet at the ASU campus in May.

“Last year, we had the exciting opportunity to see the creativity and ingenuity of Arkansas students at the inaugural Governor’s All-Region and All-State Coding Competition, the first such program in the nation,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in an Arkansas Department of Education news release. “I am eager to see the skill and innovation our students will bring to this year’s competition.”

The first, second and third place award winners will earn money for their schools’ computer science programs, according to the release. The first place winners will win $10,000 for their school, the second place winners will earn $6,000 and the third place winners will bring back $4,000.

“We are excited to host this statewide competition because it is important to the governor’s and ADE’s goals in encouraging high school students to engage with computer science,” Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Kelly Damphousse said in the release. “We also want students from across the state to know they have a place to complete computing-related degrees here at Arkansas State University.”

Click here for more information or to enter the competition.

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