KCPS Hosts 2017 ‘Code Hard’ Olympiad

May 12 coding competition draws teams from around the region


Kansas City, May 12, 2017:  Kansas City Public Schools hosted “Code Hard 2017,” a coding Olympiad for high school students, Friday morning, May 12 at Manual Career and Technical Education Center.

Teams from across the region participated in this year’s coding Olympiad, including all six KCPS high schools plus several charter and private schools. Over several rounds, competitors were simultaneously presented with coding challenges and given one hour to use CodeHS software to develop solutions that are scored by judges.

In addition to the competition, students had time to network with each other and meet with recruiters from several colleges, including Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri Western State University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Northwest Missouri State University.

This event was started in 2016 by Manual Career Tech teacher Harold Smith as a fun way to encourage KCPS high school students to pursue coding as a career. Last year’s event was won by the team from Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, which had returned to defend its title.

“I want them to know that it’s OK to be smart,” Mr. Smith said. “Our goals are to inspire, reward and celebrate their work.”

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