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John Bresina Gives Keynote Talk at the 2022 Harker Programming Invitational
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John Bresina Gives Keynote Talk at the 2022 Harker Programming Invitational

John Bresina gave the keynote talk at the Harker Programming Invitational (HPI) on Sunday, March 13, 2022. The was titled, “How I became a NASA Computer Scientist”, and covered the initial motivation, steps getting to NASA, significant experiences as a NASA computer scientist, and advice for high school students in the audience on how to pursue a Computer Science (CS) career at NASA.

HPI is an annual programming competition hosted in March by the Programming Club at Harker High School in San Jose, California. Teams of up to three students compete to solve problems designed to test their algorithmic knowledge. In addition to the competition itself, HPI hosts a keynote speaker and a panel with leaders from NASA, industry, and academia on the intersection of CS and space. Participants included high school students from across the United States and several other countries. This year’s HPI was held virtually.

BACKGROUND: Harker Programming Club's goal is to educate and inspire students on the topics of contest programming and real-world programming applications. They host two yearly algorithmic programming contests with invited keynote speakers: the Girls Programming League (GPL) aims to encourage girls to learn and explore their interests in the field of CS, and the Harker Programming Invitational (HPI) aims to provide a fun and engaging environment for coders to further enhance their knowledge and skills. They also hold lectures and workshops throughout the year on a variety of CS-related topics.

POINT OF CONTACT: John Bresina, john.l.bresina@nasa.gov

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