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Opportunities for K-12 Students -- STLP

STLP State Conference
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Opportunities for UK Students

UKSPC'14 » University of Kentucky Student Programming Contest
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 at: Division I 11:30 AM in 103 RGAN; Division II 1:30PM in RGAN Commons. The contest is held annually in September or early October. Visit the UKSPC Home page and archives »

Selected past events

Annual Engineer Days.
CS showcase for E-Day 2014, February 22, 2014: Program
CS showcase for E-Day 2013, February 23, 2013: Program
ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
The 2012 Mid-Central Regional contest was held on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The contest is organized in the labs of the Young Library. More information and schedule »
University of Kentucky Student Programming Contest
Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 5:45 PM in 103 RGAN. The contest is held annually in September or early October. Visit the UKSPC Home page and archives »
Computer Science Undergraduate Research Seminar
Visit our lab located at 207 Hardymon Building. The main focus is on algorithms and the current activities are related to bioinformatics and mobile computing. Occasionally, we also have additional selected areas of interest. For example, in Spring 2009 the topic of our seminar was Offensive Security.
ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
The UK team was in the World Finals in 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2010. UK is also a satellite site of Mid-Central Region.
UK Gamma Chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon
The Honors Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines

Opportunities for High School Students

High school students interested in a mentoring program in Computer Science are welcome to email me at for more information. There are many interesting projects waiting for you.
Activities for Kentucky Schools
STLP State Championship -- Programming Contest for middle and high school students (and some elementary scool students).

April 22, 2016 -- Lexington, Rupp Arena

The CS department invites students to a Programming and Game Development event at the 2016 STLP State Championship. The students will learn basic development with Game Maker Studio and use it to develop their own game that will be a part of the competition. No prior experience is needed; all instructions will be provided.
STLP State Championship
Rupp Arena, Lexington
22 April 2016
UK Computer Science
Programming and Developing Games
Thoroughbred Room 4

Students will learn the first steps of computer programming and use them to create a computer game. It is requested that students bring their own laptops (Windows) and pre-install the GameMaker Studiofrom Yoyo Games site free download.

11:00 AM-12:30 PM Elementary Schools in Thoroughbred 4
11:00 AM-11:30 AM Elementary School Students Check-in
Sets Up Laptop (BYOL)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Session for Elementary School Students:
GameMaker 8.1
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Middle/High Schools in Thoroughbred 4
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM Middle/High School Students Check-in
Sets Up Laptop (BYOL)
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Hands-on tutorial (GameMaker 8.1)
1:45 PM - 4:30 PM Competition
A tutorial on building a game with Game Maker Studio, prepared by Computer Science students. One of the tutorials used in the past (Game Maker 8) is here with necessary images (zipped) 2013 tutorial with Game Maker 8 . More information about this and teh past STLP can be found in STLP Web page.

March 22, 2012 -- Lexington, Rupp Arena

May 20, 2011 -- Lexington, Rupp Arena

May 11, 2010 -- Lexington, Rupp Arena

  • Our traditional programming contest held for a number of years at the Student Technology Leadership Program State Championship offers programming instructions and attractive contest problems for high and middle school students. The contest is intended for teams but individual students are accomodated as well. We introduce basics of programming using the GameMaker engine. Participants learn fundamentals of game design, learn basic game-development techniques, learn necessary programming skills and use them to create a fully functioning game. Bring your laptops (Windows) and enthusiasm to work on interesting and challenging tasks. Everything else will be provided by the CS students and faculty of the University of Kentucky's Department of Computer Science.

Past Years

  • 2009 Kentucky High and Middle School Team Programming Contest; Thursday, May 17, 2011 . See also team programming contest.
  • 2008 Kentucky High and Middle School Team Programming Contest Tuesday, May 6, 2008, Lexington Convention Center Upstairs in Thoroughbred Room 2
  • May 11, 2006 — endorsed by the STLP Program of the Kentucky Department of Education. The contest was held as a satellite event to a STLP Conference.
  • March 5, 2005 — was a part of KTLC in Louisville

Game Design Boot Camp

  • Grant County Public Library, Saturday, May 15, 2010.
  • Game Design Boot Count organized for the Grant County Public Library and lead by Dr. Jerzy W. Jaromczyk of the Department of Computer Science and UK students has the following goal: "This event for ages 13-19 is envisioned as a one-day intensive boot camp for teenagers who are excited about electronic gaming and want to explore it as a career. Campers will use the library laptops and other desktops to explore game design. In addition to opening up career possibilities, campers can further their technology skills even more by going beyond ordinary game play."

    One of the main intentions for the camp is to present technical elements of a video or computer game with the goal to inspire and motivate students so they develop deeper interest in technology and lead them to education in computers and IT fields. The boot camp is a start but it will help students to better understand academic requirements for becoming a successful IT person, and for some a successful game developer. The Grant County Library received a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act funds, distributed by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives to offer this boot camp. more

Engineering Day and Programming Challenge

The Engineer's Day is an annual event held by the College of Engineering and the Department of Computer Science and is open to general public. Demos are presented by the students and faculty to showcase research and teaching in the department. For more information see CS departmental page and, for the past events, link to E-Day 2010. Tutorial from Eday 2012 workshops are available here: