Gunston School coders compete at Codequest
CENTREVILLE — The Gunston School sent a team of four computer science students to Bethesda on Saturday, April 30, where they competed in a national Java problem-solving contest called CodeQuest, at the invitation of Aerospace and software company Lockheed Martin.
CodeQuest is a computer programming competition consisting of 15 to 20 questions created by Lockheed Martin engineers and computer programmers. Teams work together for 2.5 hours to answer the questions and complete the Quest. The competition is divided into two divisions, novice and advanced. The Gunston team competed in the advanced division against teams from 25 other schools.
The team was also invited to apply for internships at Lockheed Martin, and had a chance to meet senior executives from the company, including CIO Anne Mullins.
“I was very pleased with their work, especially under the pressure of competition,” said coach Joe Thompson. “They finished in the middle of the advanced category of teams, and should be proud of that result.” The advanced division was won by a team from Wootton High School in Rockville.
Gunston has already been invited to return to the competition next year.
From left are Gunston students Lila Ingersoll of Chestertown, Kevin Zhao of Centreville, Garrett Rudolfs of Centreville and Adam Blades of Trappe.