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NACLO at UMD

 

What is NACLO?
How do I register?
Important Dates
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Contact

 

We are pleased to be a host site again for the 2017 North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO). 

What is NACLO?
NACLO is a contest for students in grades 6-12 (although primarily targeted at grades 9-12) in which contestants solve interesting and challenging puzzles in linguistics and computational linguistics. These puzzles require no previous knowledge of linguistics or computing and can be solved by analytic reasoning alone. In solving the problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills.

NACLO consists of two rounds: the Open Round (January 26, 2017), open to all interested high school and middle school students, and the Invitational Round (March 9, 2016), for students who have advanced from the first round. The top students in the Invitational Round are eligible to represent the US in the International Linguistics Olympiad (hosted July 31-August 4, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland), one of twelve international high school science Olympiads.

The NACLO website has comprehensive information on the competition, including sample problems from past Olympiads. We strongly encourage all participants to complete several sample problems and/or attend information sessions listed below.

How do I register? 
Thanks to the generous support of the sponsors, participation in NACLO is free. NACLO registration for 2017 is now open on the NACLO website. When completing the registration form, select University of Maryland as the site. Make sure to remember you ID. 

Important Dates:
NACLO Open Round: January 26, 2017

  • 10:00AM-1:00PM (arrive no later than 9:30am to allow time to check in, get seated, use the bathroom, etc.). Seating will begin at 9:40am and the rules will be read at 9:45am.
  • Location: Maryland Room in Marie Mount Hall, University of Maryland
  • Parking available at the sites identified here for $2-3/hr. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the test site. Teachers are not expected to attend. 
  • You are permitted to bring snacks and a drink to the competition, however, we ask you to be considerate of other participants.

NACLO Invitational Round: March 9, 2017

  • 9:00AM-1:00PM (arrive no later than 8:45am to allow time to check in, get seated, use the bathroom, etc.).
  • Location: H.J. Patterson in 2123, University of Maryland College Park (Note: This is a different location than the Open Round. There are also several 'Patterson' buildings on campus, so please make sure you are going to H.J. Patterson).
  • Parking available at the sites identified here for $2-3/hr. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the test site. Teachers are not expected to attend. 
  • You are permitted to bring snacks and a drink to the competition, however, we ask you to be considerate of other participants.

Contact:
For questions about NACLO at the University of Maryland, contact Kasia Hitczenko (khit@umd.edu) or Laurel Perkins (perkinsl@umd.edu).

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