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STLP -- Outreach and Enrichment

Opportunities for High/Middle/Elementary 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.

April 22, 2016 -- Lexington, Rupp Arena

STLP State Championship
Rupp Arena, Lexington
April 22, 2016
UK Computer Science
Programming and Developing Games
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 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. It is requested that students bring their own laptops (Windows) and pre-install the GameMaker Studio from Yoyo Games site free download.
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Registration of all the teams in the location of the event (BYOL) -- Thouroughbred 4 check the STLP plan.
12:45 PM - 4:30 PM CS Programming Event (BYOL)
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM Final Check-in
Teams set up laptop (BYOL)
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Hands-on tutorial (GameMaker Studio for Windows)
1:45 PM - 3:45 PM Competition
3:50 PM - 4:20 PM Teams Presenting solutions
A tutorial for 2016 STLP is available in this directory with necessary sprites, images and other resources. The content of the directory is described in README and the tutorial is here. Especially, look for the following files:

Previous years

A tutorial from 2013 on building a game with Game Maker 8, prepared by one of CS seniors is available here with necessary images (zipped) here . More information about the STLP can be found in STLP Web page.

March 26, 2015 -- Lexington, Rupp Arena

March 28, 2014 -- Lexington, Rupp Arena

March , 2013 -- Lexington, Rupp Arena

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: