Shippensburg University Math & Computer Science Day

The 2017 Event

Shippensburg University's Annual Math & Computer Science Day will take place on April 4, 2017. Questions about the mathematics events can be sent to Ben Galluzzo (, and questions about the computer science event can be sent to Dudley Girard (

Math & Computer Science Day 2016 by the numbers: 15 high schools, 90 high school students, 17 high school teachers, 41 SU student volunteers, 9 SU faculty volunteers, 1 Penn State Harrisburg faculty volunteer, 1 University of Pennsylvania graduate student volunteer, 3 events, and over 40 challenging and thought-provoking problems.


Mathematics Events

  • Individual Mathematics Contest 9:00 - 9:45 (open to high school grades 11 - 12)
  • Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival 9:00 - 11:15 (open to high school grades 9 - 12)
  • Plenary speaker 11:15 - 11:45
  • Contest results and awards

Computer Science Event

  • Team Programming Competition from 9:00 - 11:15 (open to high school grades 9 - 12)
  • Plenary speaker 11:15 - 11:45
  • Competition results and awards

Lunch will follow the awards ceremony.

About the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

The mission of the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival is to inspire students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through activities that encourage collaborative, creative problem-solving. The festival is a noncompetitive celebration of great ideas and problems in mathematics. We will have several dozen tables of rich math problems and activities ready to be explored by students.

About the Individual Mathematics Contest

The Individual Mathematics Contest consists of twenty multiple-choice questions rich in content and designed to make students think carefully. Questions are pulled from a variety of sources including Mathematical Association of America (MAA) publications, online sources, and original contributions. See below for the most recent exams and solutions.

About the Team Programming Competition

The Team Programming Competition consists of five to seven challenging problems. Each team, consisting of one to three students, will develop programs to correctly solve as many of the problems as they can. An additional challenge of this competition is each team only has one computer to work with. The available languages are: Java, Visual Basic, Pascal, Python, C, and C++. The winners are decided based on which team solved the most problems in the least amount of time. The problems are developed each year by members of the Shippensburg University Programming Team. See below for a sample problem.

Parking and Registration

A Shippensburg University campus map is available here. Parking will be available in the purple sections C-6, C-7, C-10 and the black section L-1. Registration will open at 8:00 AM in the Anthony F. Ceddia Union Building (building 28 on the map), and the registration desk will be located just past the front entrance. Please plan to be registered by 8:30 AM. At 8:45 AM, those participating in the Individual Math Contest and the Team Programming Competition will depart from the Anthony F. Ceddia Union Building and go to the Mathematics/Computing Technologies Center (building 35 on the map). Room locations for the events will be sent to participants at a later date.


Math & Computer Science Day will end at noon. At this time lunch will be available in Reisner Dining Hall (building 21 on the map). Cost is around $7.00 (students need a ticket to get this price; you will receive tickets during the morning registration). There are also lunch options on the lower level of the Anthony F. Ceddia Union Building.

Mathematics Program
Current Students