Contests in programming: Quarter century of Lithuanian experience

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Abstract: The paper deals with development of informatics competitions in Lithuanian and in particular of the Lithuanian Olympiads in Informatics over the past 25 years. The role of the Young Programmer's School in both introducing programming to secondary school students, organizing programming competitions and later encouraging and training students to participate in informatics olympiads is emphasized. The evolution of the national olympiad in informatics from the first pen and paper competitions to the current four round contest, held using contest and grading systems, is described. The paper also gives a short overview of other related contests like the Baltic Olympiads in Informatics, and the Beaver contest.

Keywords: teaching programming, informatics, algorithms, contests, informatics olympiads

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