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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the dates for the 2014 competition?
Senior Division - March 8, 2014
Junior Division - May 3, 2014

What is the deadline for registering?
Senior Division - February 7, 2014
Junior Division - April 4, 2014

How do I register for the 2014 Great Computer Challenge?
Follow the Registration Process here.

Can I pay with a P.O.?
Yes. Please include a copy of the P.O. with your registration form.

Who do I make my check out to?
WHRO/C.I.I.

How can I order extra t-shirts or totebags?
Your registration fee pays for t-shirts for the students participating, but not the alternates or the coaches.  You can order them ahead of time on your registration form.  There will also be a limited amount available the day of the competition.

Does each team have to bring a computer?
With the exception of Internet Scavenger Hunt, yes.  One computer per team.  A spare computer can be brought to the competition, but it must be left in the car.

Do I need a computer for the Internet Scavenger Hunt?
No. This is the only competition that does not require a computer. The students will be working on PCs available in the ODU labs that will have Internet access. They will be using Internet Explorer or Firefox as the browser.

Can I enter a team with only one student?
Yes. For Levels 1-3, teams can have 1-3 students.  For Level 4, teams can have 1-5 students.

How much time do the students have to work on their problems?
Level 1 (grade K-2) - 1 hour (10:30 - 11:30 a.m.)
Level 2 (grades 3-5) - 1 hour and 45 minutes (10:00 - 11:45 a.m.)
Level 3 (grades 6-8) - 2 hours (9:30 - 11:30 a.m.)
Level 4 (grades 9-12) - 3 hours (9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

What if I don’t have the students' names yet? Can I still register?
Yes. Please email, fax or call the names in when you get the students lined up. We need to know your category, level and t-shirt sizes by the deadline. The students’ names do not affect our pre-planning.

Is food provided?
No. Food is on your own. However, several ODU restaurants will be open and there are many others within walking or driving distance.

Can parents come?
They are more than welcome to come support their child. They will not be allowed in the rooms during the competition, but they can attend the awards ceremony. There will also be workshops available that they can attend. For the Senior Competition, the ceremony will take place on March 8, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.  For the Junior Competition, the ceremony will take place on May 3, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.

Can I set up the computers the night before?

No, there is no guaranteed security of the equipment. We recommend that you bring support to help you set up in the morning if you have several teams competing.

Will I have Internet access for the Web Design competition?
No. You must be prepared to work with what you have on your hard drives or what you have brought with you.

How many teams can we bring?
Each school may enter one team per category per level except for the categories listed below.  In the following categories, you can bring more than one team per school:

Level 3 (grades 6-8)

  • Integrated Applications
  • Music Composition
  • Programming-Visual Basic

Level 4 (grades 9-12)

  • CAD
  • Integrated Applications
  • Music Composition
  • Programming-Scientific/Non-Business
  • Programming-JAVA
  • Programming-Visual Basic

What if the grades of my students cover more than one competition level?
The highest-grade student on a team determines the level.

How do we prepare for the competition?
Check out our Past Problems page. You can use these problems with the students prior to the competition to expose them to the types of problems they may receive. They will receive a problem or problems the day of the competition to work on, one which they will have never seen before.

Is there grant funding to pay for the Great Computer Challenge registration fees?
No, sorry. You or your school will need to pay the fees.

Registration Fee
You must be a C.I.I. Member or C.I.I. Service Participant to participate in the Great Computer Challenge. If you are not a member and would like to find out how to become a member, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Levels 1, 2, & 3

  • $45.00 (C.I.I. Member)
  • $85.00 (C.I.I. Service Participant)
  • $50.00 late fee/team postmarked after registration deadlines

Level 4

  • $55.00 (C.I.I. Member)
  • $95.00 (C.I.I. Service Participant)
  • $50.00 late fee/team postmarked after registration deadlines

What is the C.I.I.? How do I know if I am a member?  Who are the C.I.I. Service Participants?
The Consortium for Interactive Instruction. If your school or school division is listed as a C.I.I. Member on the C.I.I. Roster, then you are considered a C.I.I. Member and can receive the discounted prices. If your school or school division is listed as a C.I.I. Service Participant on the C.I.I. Roster, then you must pay the C.I.I. Service Participant fees for the Great Computer Challenge.

What is the cancellation policy?
A full refund will be issued up until the following dates:
Senior 2014 - February 20, 2014
Junior 2014 - April 17, 2014
Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you need to cancel your team registration. After these dates, no refund will be issued.

What are the categories that we can register for?

Level 1 (grades k-2)

  • Desktop Publishing
  • Graphic Design

Level 2 (grades 3-5)

  • Desktop Presentations
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Graphic Design
  • Internet Scavenger Hunt
  • Video Editing

Level 3 (grades 6-8)

  • Desktop Presentations
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Graphic Design
  • Integrated Applications
  • Music Composition
  • Programming-Visual Basic
  • Web Design
  • Video Editing

Level 4 (grades 9-12)

  • CAD
  • Desktop Presentations
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Graphic Design
  • Integrated Applications
  • Music Composition
  • Programming-Scientific/Non-Business
  • Programming-JAVA
  • Programming-Visual Basic
  • Web Design
  • Video Editing

What software are we allowed to use?
There are no limitations on the software you can use at the competition. Listed on the registration form are samples of software that other teams have used in the past. You are not expected to use software from this list and you are not limited to this list. The list is printed only to provide you with an idea of possible software options. The teams must provide the judges with instructions on how to use their software to view the solutions.

Which categories need printers?
Printers are optional for Desktop Publishing, Graphic Design, Integrated Applications, CAD, Visual Basic, Scientific/Non-Business Programming, and JAVA. It is needed for Music Composition only if you plan on leaving the solution as printed sheet music instead of aural composition.  No printers are needed for Desktop Presentations, Web Design, Video Editing, or Internet Scavenger Hunt.

Can I use the Internet?
In 2014, we are allowing Internet for Graphic Design. Graphic Design teams will need to bring a computer that has wireless capability. No other categories will be allowed to use internet except for Internet Scavenger Hunt (computers and Internet is provided by ODU).

Is the Great Computer Challenge correlated to the SOLs?
Most of the problems have been correlated.  View a sample of how the SOLs will be listed within the problem