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The NCSS Challenge: teaching programming via automated testing


The NCSS Challenge ( is an online programming competition for Australian high school students. There are four different courses being run during 2011: Introductory Python, Intermediate Python, Advanced Python, and Embedded Systems (using the Arduino). In 2010 we had over 1700 students participate in the Challenge. There are a number of interesting technical challenges which had to be overcome in order to facilitate such a system.


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