OLYMPIADS IN INFORMATICS, 2018, Vol. 12, pp. 133 - 146
© IOI, Vilnius University

ISSN 1822-7732

DOI: 10.15388/ioi.2018.11

Fostering Informatics Education through Teams Olympiad

Nadia AMAROLI1, Giorgio AUDRITO2, Luigi LAURA3

1IIS Aldini Valeriani Sirani, Bologna, Italy
2Department of Computer Science, University of Torino, Italy
3Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering,
“Sapienza” University of Roma, Italy
e-mail: nadia.amaroli@istruzione.it, giorgio.audrito@unito.it, laura@dis.uniroma1.it


Even though the International Olympiad in Informatics directly involves a restricted number of pupils from each country, one of its primary goals is stimulating interest in computer science and information technology over the whole younger segment of the world’ s population. In several countries, this aim has to be accomplished without an active intervention of the Ministry of Education on school programs, relying on the efforts of small devoted organizations. In this context, promoting the involvement of a large number of school teachers may be as crucial as diffcult to achieve. Following a 9-year experience of teams competitions in Italy, recently shared with other European countries, we argue that teams Olympiad may be an effective tool for widening the participation of high-school students and teachers, synergistically cooperating with existing individual competitions. On the one hand, teams contests foster peer education, encouraging talented students to help training fellows. On the other hand, these competitions can be more appealing both for average students, valuing group membership more than personal accomplishments, and most importantly, teachers: team achievements are more recognizably linked with the overall school or teacher performance than solitary excellences, resulting in increased returns rewarding the involved subjects.


team work, programming contest, olympiads in informatics, peer education, programming training.

PDFTo preview full article text in PDF format click here

Get Free ReaderYou could obtain free Acrobat Reader from Adobe

Copyright © International Olympiad in Informatics, 2018
Vilnius University, 2018