High School Computer Competition (HSCC)
The High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program provides an excellent environment where students have an opportunity to compete on an academic level, utilize their technical skills and display creative talent. They learn about various areas of Information Technology (IT), Industry standard programming skills in web page design, Active Server Pages (ASP), .NET and how to create and connect to databases.
The BDPA National High School Computer Competition, (HSCC), was founded in 1986 by Dr. Jesse Bemley, of Washington, D.C. What started as a two-team event between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Ga. has grown to near 30 teams of various high school students from chapters throughout the nation. It’s all designed to introduce our youth (entering 9th through 12th grades) to the field of Information Technology, encourage them to seek higher levels of education, and groom many of them to become our next generation of IT professionals.
Throughout the year, local chapters conduct training programs for the youth in their communities. These programs are designed to expose our youth to the concepts of computers and give them the expertise to develop web applications. Each chapter is able to send a team of 3 to 5 students to the National Conference to compete against teams from chapters all over the country.
Once at the National Conference, students are able to attend Workshops and Seminars covering topics related to Personal Development, Academic Development, Youth Entrepreneurship and Information Technology.
They will be able to participate in activities including, Corporate Sponsored luncheons and receptions, visits to educational places in the hosting city (i.e. museums), and networking evenings with IT professionals and students from around the country. On top of all this, they get to showcase their talents in the National Competition which consists of a timed computerized written exam, oral questions, and the development of a web application per specifications. If they feel creative, they can also participate in a T-Shirt Design Competition
In 2008, the Middle Tennessee BDPA chapter sent its first team of five students to compete at the National Conference. Since then we have competed in National Competitions in Atlanta, Raleigh, Philadelphia, and Chicago.
BDPA Middle Tennessee chapter will train 15 students in a three-track course curriculum. In the end, the top five students from Middle Tennessee will represent their area at the national competition. The curriculum is designed as building blocks to first provide a general introduction to computers and web design, then a more indepth training for qualifying students in web programming, and finally to prepare for national competition.