Media Release: Midnight meteor mayhem!

THE terrifying prospect of ten-ton meteors smashing into power stations and
transmission lines, plunging Central Scotland into darkness, and how to programme
tankers speeding fuel to the stricken population, is the challenge facing secondary
school pupils in the second Heriot-Watt University Programming Challenge.

Aimed at fifth and sixth-year Scottish pupils taking Higher and Advanced Higher
Computing, the Challenge was devised by Computer Science staff in the university’s
School of Mathematical and Computer Science (MACS). The organisers hope that it will
encourage wider interest in computer programming as both a fun and a serious

Greg Michaelson, head of Computer Science and one of the Challenge organisers, said: “We are thrilled to launch our second Programming Challenge, after the inaugural
competition proved so successful. We hope that this interesting and exciting
exercise will lead many pupils keen on computer sciences to further pursue the
subject at a higher level upon finishing school.”

The Programming Challenge is open to individuals or teams. Details will shortly
appear on the Computer Science website

Prizes include a laptop for the winning individual entry and an iPod.

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