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INFORMATICS IN EDUCATION, 2006, Vol. 5, No. 1, 125-132
© Institute of Mathematics and Informatics,

ISSN 1648-5831

Computer Science Contests for Secondary School Students: Approaches to Classification

Wolfgang POHL

Federal Contest in Computer Science Ahrstr. 45, D-53175 Bonn, Germany E-mail:


The International Olympiad in Informatics currently provides a model which is imitated by the majority of contests for secondary school students in Informatics or Computer Science. However, the IOI model can be criticized, and alternative contest models exist. To support the discussion about contests in Computer Science, several dimensions for characterizing and classifying contests are suggested.


contest classification, Computer Science contests, science olympiads, Informatics olympiads

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