In July 2018, we welcomed about 40 students from ETEC de Guaianazes and Parameters College at the Paula Souza Center Programming Marathon Winners Awards.
The Programming Marathon is an event aimed at students of the technical courses of the Center Paula Souza (Etecs), which offers programs for solving problems under pressure to help students learn and work in teams. The students need to solve in a given time the largest number of available questions, released at the beginning of the competition. They use computers, printed materials, a lot of will power, imagination, and creativity in their battle against the clock. The group that solves the greatest number of problems in the shortest possible time, using Java programming languages, wins.
This was the third Programming Marathon held, with 137 teams totaling approximately 400 students from the ETIM and Technical Center Paula Souza participating. Making this marathon possible were 33 teachers working with the students in units, and a team of 12 judges. The winning teams were all from Guaianzes ETEC, and used Java programming in all their developed solutions.
To welcome the student awardees, Oracle experts Leonardo Veri, technology and innovation consultant, Paulo Simões, solutions engineer, Pablo de Freitas, Innovation Lab leader, and Fabiana Valente, Oracle Academy Brazil country manager, hosted a conversation with the students about the digital revolution, technology trends, and IT careers. They also conducted a fun programming workshop for the students using the Finch robot.
Teacher Carlos Eduardo Ribeiro, coordinator of information technology projects for CETEC Capacitations, said, “The rewards for winners of the the Programming Marathon between the ETECs of the Paula Souza Center could not be better. The winning team from Etec Guianazes (Guaianazes - SP) was awarded an unparalleled day at Oracle Brazil at its headquarters in São Paulo, full of technology, relaxation, hands-on fun, and a chat with professionals from different areas of Oracle , who welcomed us warmly. This type of event promotes the company as approachable for the students. It is very important to establish the concepts and the guidelines that we teach in the classroom in the real world, showing the students that we are on the right path. We use methodologies such as the marathon, hackathons and robotics to impel learning and promote the students’ involvement in the teaching and learning process, so they becoming active agents in building their knowledge and problem analysis skills.” He emphasized that the euphoric state of the students, which is contagious when they share their experiences with the school community, is “priceless”. Ribeiro appreciated the Oracle team hosting the students.
Learn more here (in Portuguese).