ACES 'Capture the Flag' Competition
While the rest of the campus slept in on Saturday, April 12, 2014, ACES students gathered in the main lecture hall of the Computer Science Instructional Center (CSIC) to participate in a trial run of the ACES “Capture the Flag” competition. What started as a friendly test run quickly turned into a heated competition among friends. With each submission, the scoreboard flashed between different names. It wasn’t long before two students, Jeremy Krach and Andrew Liu, broke ahead of the pack.
Sydnee Shannon, runner up, explained, “The challenges build on each other so that students without any skills could learn and build on new skills as they completed each challenge.” Students were forced to step out of their comfort zone, but Franz and Kevin were always there to assist. Jeremy added, “I thought it was a fun event where people from ACES who had experience with these kinds of competitions and those who didn’t could come together and learn in the same environment.”
Franz and Kevin’s future plans include conducting outreach events in high schools in May and hopefully taking the competition to other universities. They plan to build a massive learning database of challenges for students to experience 24/7. Both found the first launch to be a great success with Kevin stating, “I was very happy that everyone tried hard and was so open to learning new topics. We got a really good turn out and it was a great trial run”. Franz concurred and added, “I am glad that everyone seemed to have learned a lot from the different challenges. Everyone gained something from competing.”
Despite a few minor spelling mistakes and submission problems, twenty-one students solved over 2,000 challenges, wondering when they would get to participate in the next “Capture the Flag” event.
Published April 14, 2014