Two Canon-McMillan Juniors Won the 2022 Creative Task Competition from CMU CS Academy

(Pictured: The opening slide from the 2022 Creative Task Competition Slideshow from CMU CS Academy.)
Posted On: Wednesday, May 18, 2022

(Pictured: The opening slide from the 2022 Creative Task Competition Slideshow from CMU CS Academy.)

Congratulations to junior Alyssa Signorelli who won first place for Unit 8 and junior Maxwell Price who won third place for Unit 10 at the Spring 2022 Creative Task Competition from Carnegie Mellon University's CS Academy.

CMU CS Academy sends an announcement out to CMU CS Academy's participating schools via email. Canon-McMillan High School's Math and Computer Science teacher Ms. Rebecca Gutosky announced the competition to her CS2 in Python classes and to the Computer Science Club. Ms. Gutosky was only allowed to submit three student projects total from Canon-McMillan High School according to the rules of the competition. The first three students who approached her and wanted to enter the competition she accepted.  Two of the three won and Ms Gutosky feels she could have had more winners if she were allowed to submit more than three entries. There will be more competitions next year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring so this is something she plans to continue with her students biannually moving forward.

One winner was chosen from different course unit categories.  The CMU CS Academy Team at Carnegie Mellon University chooses the winners. The contest requires students to use creativity, logic, critical thinking, and problem solving skills to program a project in Python that applies what they have learned in that particular unit by completing a Creative Task.  The students complete Creative Tasks in class as part of the regular course curriculum as a three-day assignment.  The students complete Creative Task projects in three different courses offered at CMHS:  CS1 in Python, CS2 in Python, and Special Topics in CS (the last course will run for the first time beginning next year).

Submissions come from CMU CS Academy participating schools which are across the country and even world-wide. Ms Gutosky is not surprised at all that her students won,

My CS2 in Python students at Canon-McMillan HS have some real talent, enthusiasm, and creativity so I am not surprised that two of them have won!

Here are links to slides that have links to their winning projects:  

Maxwell Price's Project

Alyssa Signorelli's Project 

CMU CS Academy will be sending award pins and stickers for the class!

All of the winning projects can be viewed by clicking here, or on YouTube here.

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