The Java competition "Learn to Program with Alice" (2023) has kicked off. Students from grades 5-12 are invited to participate!

The most anticipated Java competition: "Learn to Code with Alice" is here!  

Organized by Adfaber, with the support of Oracle Academy, this competition annually gathers hundreds of students passionate about programming, who compete in creativity and originality. Challenged to create a game or an interactive story as they wish, the students combine work with fun and bring their own ideas to life.

When does the registration period for the National Competition "Learn to Code with Alice" open? 

Registrations for this free competition for students and teachers are open from September 12th to October 9th. 

The competition is aimed at students enrolled in middle and high school (grades 5-12) who wish to learn the Java programming language from scratch, the most sought-after programming language in the world. Even if they've never programmed before, they can register in teams of 3 members: 2 students (from the same educational level) and one coordinating teacher. 

This year's theme is Educational Applications for children with special educational needs. Participants this year are challenged to use their creativity and programming skills to make a difference in the lives of children with special educational needs, considering the challenges these children face and how their application could help them overcome them.

Registration takes only 2 minutes and can be done by accessing the link:  

Why do students participate in the National Competition "Learn to Program with Alice"?  

Java is the most widely used programming language worldwide and one of the most in-demand in the job market. Students participating in the competition have the opportunity to learn or practice the basic concepts of Java programming. They can create interactive lessons, entire virtual "worlds", with characters they design, even if they've never programmed before.

The skills they develop by participating in Alice are highly sought after in the job market and can be applied in various fields. Here are the most important skills they can acquire: creativity, programming, teamwork, project and time management, development of "problem solving" thinking, game development skills, and animation creation.

Moreover, the competition's theme challenges students to step out of their comfort zone and create an educational application to assist children with special educational needs. In doing so, students will become more aware of society's diversity and the importance of inclusion and adaptability in education. This theme will not only help students develop technical and interpersonal skills, but it will also heighten their awareness of the needs of others, contributing to their growth as responsible and empathetic citizens.

We invite you to meet last year's winners in the following interview and see what the Alice experience was like for them:   

Here's what Stir Cezar Alexandru, one of the winners of the 2022 edition, says: “This competition helped us a lot because we saw what it's like to work in a team. It's very important to work in a team and learn how to manage the tasks of each member individually, what it's like to work against the clock on a larger project, and overcome all the challenges you face along the way. We managed to progress in programming.”

About Adfaber, the competition's organizer is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the digital skills of students and teachers in public schools. Every year, they organize initiatives that promote the integration of technology into the educational process, playing a significant role in shaping the future IT talents. 

About Oracle Academy, the competition's sponsor

Oracle's educational branch, called Oracle Academy, aims to foster the growth of technological education and make it accessible to students worldwide by providing them with information, innovation, skill enhancement, and exposure to a variety of tech fields. Additionally, it offers a comprehensive portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, training courses, support, and certification resources for educational institutions in 110 countries.

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