Lower Merion High School recently hosted the second annual CodeLM event – a programming competition challenging computer science students from 11 local high schools to solve a series of challenging problem sets using a variety of coding languages like Java, Python, and C++. The event was planned and organized by a team of LMHS students led by seniors Noah Rubin, Max Roling, David Vonderheide and Ethan Boyer, with guidance and support from computer science teacher, Tom Swope.
This year’s competition began with a video introducing the fictional tech giant New Wave Computers and the security breach currently threatening the company.
“Due to our recent success, several competitors have infiltrated our network and stolen our trade secrets,” explained faux-CEO Noah Rubin. “Someone has even sabotaged our employee dashboard, which is essential for day-to-day operations. We are looking for a dedicated security team to manage these threats 24/7. Under the guise of a programming competition, we have assembled the best security experts in this room. Our top priority is getting the dashboard up and running again. Whichever team has the most success…will be rewarded with a lucrative contract to work at the best tech company in the world.”
Students then broke up in to three-person teams to test their programming knowledge while addressing New Wave Computers’ technological tumult using an automated website developed by the LMHS planning team. The second part of the competition tasked students with solving another intricate programming problem, which was evaluated by representatives from the Susquehanna International Group (SIG), who served as the corporate sponsor of the event.
SIG provided lunch and t-shirts for all contestants, along with prizes for the winners and runner-ups in each division. A group of SIG employees was on-hand throughout the day to work with students during the competition and help evaluate results.
LMHS students Ethan Frank, Eugenia Feng and Isaac Hu won first place in the Intermediate Division, while Charlie Herrmann, Jake Gurevich and Ben Loeb claimed top honors in the Advanced Division. The team from Owen J. Roberts High School captured first place in the Expert Division.
To view a slideshow of images from the event, click on the picture in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Photo Credit: Omer Barash