HSCC Program

The High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program is a subprogram under the S.I.T.E.S program. It was founded in 1986 by Dr. Jesse Bemley, of Washington, D.C. What started as a two-team event between the Washington, D.C. chapter and the Atlanta, GA chapter has grown to over 20 teams of high school students from chapters across the nation. It is designed to introduce our students to the field of Information Technology, encourage them to seek higher levels of education, and groom many of them to become the next generation of IT professionals. As a part of the Philadelphia HSCC program, high school students gather each Saturday from October to August to develop expertise in creating web applications. The program curriculum focuses on the following technologies used in developing web applications:

     » Introduction to Computer Science
     » Java and Java Server Pages
     » Database Management Systems
     » HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 
     » Structured Query Langugage (SQL) and the MySQL Database
     » Mobile Application Development

In additional to the courses listed above, participating students will also learn public speaking skills, how to create and develop presentations, time management skills, how to set and achieve goals and working in a team environment.

The top 3 to 5 students of the Philadelphia SITES program will be selected to receive an all-expense paid trip to compete at the BDPA National Conference against other 23 HSCC teams from chapters across the country.

Once at the National Conference, students will be able to attend workshops and seminars covering topics related to personal and 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 events 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.

Students will have the opportunity to win up to $2,500 in potential scholarships at the competition.

Students who will be entering the 9th through 12th grade during August or September or graduating from high school the year of the competition are eligible to participate. They must also be a member of BPDA Philadelphia Chapter.

For more information about this program, please contact India Thomas, VP of Education.