SA Computer Olympiad goes forward on-line

As the primary spherical of the South African Computer Olympiad kicks off as we speak, theInstitute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) says faculties should enter the competition.

Hosted yearly, the Olympiad is certainly one of IITPSA’s key expertise improvement tasks and is managed by the by the South African Computer Olympiad Trust (SACOT).

It is a problem for learners who can use a programming language like Scratch, Python, Java, C++ or Delphi. In the primary spherical, the members have to unravel numerous issues utilizing the programming language of their selection. For the second spherical and remaining spherical, the languages are extra restricted. Selected members are entered into the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).

This 12 months, the pc programming contest is happening on-line amid the COVID-19 pandemic, working from 27 to 31 July.

As of this morning, there are 445 433 COVID-19 cases in SA, with the overall variety of deaths at 6 769 and 265 077 recoveries. Government final week determined to shut all public faculties for one month from 27 July, as coronavirus infections peak.

In a press release, the IITPSA says given the COVID-19 rules at faculties throughout the nation, the occasion’s first spherical, which is a coding contest, will probably be for one hour and on-line solely, to offer lecturers as little further work as doable in what has been described as “not a normal year”.

The Olympiad organisers observe that many teenagers have been experimenting with coding throughout lockdown, including that is certainly one of many causes to proceed with the pc programming problem this 12 months.

“It [the Olympiad] contributes to future-proofing South Africa. Building the data skills of today’s teens can help South Africa develop beyond the pandemic,” says SACOT supervisor Michael Cameron. “Today, entrepreneurs are looking for young programmers. They see the benefit of having tech-savvy teens in business. It is best to start young – some primary schools enter grade seven learners.”

According to IITPSA, the Olympiad has developed prime programming expertise for 35 years. The six medal winners from the ultimate spherical are invited to coaching, to develop and choose a workforce of 4 to participate within the IOI.

This 12 months, SA is without doubt one of the 88 nations participating within the first-ever on-line IOI, to be held in mid-September. Team members are from Eden College in Durban, St John’s College in Johannesburg, and Fairbairn College and Curro Durbanville from Cape Town.

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