Bucharest, Ploieşti and Chişinău –the first three cities on the „.Champion” map | SIVECO Romania

Bucharest, Ploieşti and Chişinău –the first three cities on the „.Champion” map

Monday, March 14, 2005

Bucharest, March 14th 2005 – The second edition of the .Champion designated its finalists at the beginning of this month. After 12 rounds of IT training and online contest, an overall top for each section (junior, intermediate and senior). Just 30 out of the over 2000 participants in the contest qualified for the final which will take place in  Vălenii de Munte (15 to 19 of April), these accumulated 1090 to 1995 points out of the 2400 possible, more than half of the finalists scoring higher than 1500 points.

„We gladly remarked that the finalists are gathered around three centers: Ploiesti, Bucharest and Chisinau. Children from these three cities got impressive scores in all three age groups. This excellency centers’ crystallization can only make us joyful  and hopeful for medals in the international competitions.”, says „.Champion”’s coordinators Ema Cerchez and Marinel Şerban from the Grigore Moisil Computer Science National College in Iasi.

The highest score in the contest (1955)  was obtained by Mircea Păsoi, from  the I.L Caragiale Ploiesti National College, as this is the school with the highest number of finalists (5 out of the 30).
Mircea is also the winner in the senior group (12th grade), the next score in the overall top belonging to the intermediate group’s winner (Sorin Fagateanu, from  the I.L Caragiale Ploiesti National College).

The junior group (for 9th grade or younger students) was won by Filip Cristian Buruiană from the Vasile Alecsandri Galati National College.

 „.Champion and SIVECO Cup are projects within SIVECO Romania Virtual Center for Excellency, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Research and PC Magazine. These initiatives are at the second, respective third edition, and the satisfaction offered by the children and teachers enrolled in these competitions are huge. The results obtained by the latest edition finalists in national and international competitions make us strongly believe that the Virtual Center for Excellency is a true champions nursery and this is the reason why decided to allow access in the final not only to the first 10 ranked in each category, but to all those who reached 1000 points at least.”, says Radu Jugureanu, SIVECO Romania Virtual Center for Excellency coordinator.

About .Champion

Any pupil that has access to a computer connected to Internet can participate at “.Champion”.

The competition is structured according to age levels: first level-pupils up to IX grade; second level-X grade pupils and third level- XI-XII grade pupils, but for those little by age but advanced in informatics field there is the possibility to participate at a higher level.

Those registered in the competition can train themselves in the rounds.

In a round we propose two algorithmic issues. The solution for one issue means to implement the solution in one of the following programming languages: Pascal, C or C++ and to send it for evaluation using the site.

Training rounds alternate with those in the competition. In a training round are proposed the issues that the participants have to provide a solution within two weeks.

Once a month there is competition round, in which the participants provide solutions to the proposed issues according deadlines, with the purpose to train themselves for informatics competitions. The pupils have to send their solutions only by using the site, by the date and hour specified as the finish moment of that round.

All the solutions are evaluated by an automated evaluation soft, similar with those used at international informatics competitions. The soft has been elaborated by Mihai Patrascu, former international competition winner, now student at M.I.T. and had been used both in 2002 and 2003 trainings of national informatics team, as well as at Balkan Information Contest 2003, that took place in Iasi.

The week after the evaluation, the authors of the issues will post on the web the possible solution for the proposed issues, as well as the tests used for evaluation.

.Champion is coordinated by Emanuela Cerchez and Marinel Serban (teachers, Iasi).

Together with SIVECO CUP, .Champion is part of the SIVECO Romania Virtual Center for Excellency, organized in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Research (details on http://portal.edu.ro).