Shippensburg University Math & Computer Science Day


The 2020 Event

Shippensburg University Math & Computer Science Day on Tuesday, March 31 has been canceled. With the health and wellness of students, teachers, faculty, and staff of paramount concern, this step is being taken to mitigate the spread and threat of exposure to COVID-19. Thank you for your interest in this event, and we will certainly be looking to host again in 2021.

Shippensburg University's Annual Math & Computer Science Day will take place on Tuesday March 31, 2020. Questions about the mathematics events can be sent to Lance Bryant (, and questions about the computer science event can be sent to Dudley Girard (

2019 Math & Computer Science Day by the numbers: 15 high schools, 150 high school students, 18 high school teachers, 30 SU student volunteers, 13 SU faculty and staff volunteers, 4 events and over 40 challenging problems. 

Please register for the the mathematics events and computer science events separately. This is a change from last year. 

Mathematics Events

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Computer Science Events

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Mathematics Events

  • Individual Mathematics Contest   9:00 - 9:45   (open to high school grades 11 - 12)
  • Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival   9:00 - 11:10   (open to high school grades 9 - 12)
  • Plenary speaker  11:15 - 11:45
  • Contest results and awards  11:50 - Noon

Computer Science Event    

  • Team Programming Competition from 9:00 - 11:00  (open to high school grades 9 - 12)
  • Plenary speaker 11:15 - 11:45
  • Competition results and awards 11:50 - Noon

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

Starting in 2020 the individual mathematics contest will be more closely tied to standard high school mathematics content and less like traditional competition problems. The goal is to recognize students more for content knowledge than for familiarity with mathematics competition culture. Topics will include core concepts from algebra, geometry, trigonometry, logarithms, exponents, and precalculus. The contest is open to grades 11 - 12, at most six students can compete from each school. Students competing in the math contest will join the festival when they have finished.

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 can be found here:  However, debugging tools will only be available for Java, C, C++, and Python.  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.  This year the contest will be run through HackerRank and a practice contest has been setup here: Teams will still need to compete at Shippensburg University to be eligible for prizes.  While offsite teams will be allowed, they will not be eligible for any of the prizes.

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). Lunch will be free to all participants and high school teachers (tickets will be given to the high school teachers that can be turned in at the dining hall).