Star Coders Contest


The Star Coders Contest is a brand new programming competition organized by AlphaStar Academy for students from 4th to 8th grade. Students will participate individually and prizes will be awarded to the top-performing students in each grade level.

The objective of our competition is to provide a credible, fun, and challenging contest to students located in the Bay Area. The exam will be proctored in-person at our testing location.

Students should expect a diverse set of problems with varying format, difficulty, and topics.

* We will also provide the contest in an online format following the main event for students unable to attend the in-person competition.

Date and time

  • In-person: May 5, 2024 between 2-5:30 pm (PDT)
  • Online: May 6 – 13, 2024


St. Joseph of Cupertino School
10120 N De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA

Awards (In-person only)

For each grade:

Gold Silver Bronze Honorable Mention
1st place 2nd and 3rd places 4th – 6th places 7th – 10th places
Medal Medal Medal
Certificate Certificate Certificate Certificate
$500 coupon $400 coupon $300 coupon $200 coupon

The coupons will be redeemable towards any AlphaStar course or practice exam.

* Online participants will only receive a participation certificate.


  • Students must be currently enrolled in 4th to 8th grade.
  • On the day of the contest, problems will be distributed electronically and students must bring their own laptop and charger to participate.
  • The contest supports the following languages: Java, C++, Python. Students will need to have basic knowledge in at least one of them.


In-person contest:

  • 2:00-2:30 pm – Student check in
  • 2:45-4:45 pm – Contest
  • 5:00-5:30 pm – Awards ceremony

Online contest:

  • Monday May 6, 12:00 am PDT – Contest window opens
  • Monday May 13, 11:59 am PDT – Contest window closes
  • Online contest winners published shortly after

Once a student begins the exam, they will have exactly 2 hours to complete it


The contest will be in two divisions:

  • Elementary (4th and 5th graders)
  • Middle (6th, 7th, and 8th graders)

Both divisions will have 8 problems to solve, each increasing in difficulty. The problems will have a variety of formats (including interactive puzzles). A sample problem set will be provided one week before the contest so students can familiarize themselves with the question format.

To access the materials, registered students will be provided login credentials to the contest at least one week prior to its start. However, students will not be able to access the real contest problems until the official contest window begins.

2024 Contest Results (In-person Contest)

Gold Winner
4th Grade Alvin Zhu
5th Grade Mehmet Gelgi
6th Grade Temujin Battulga
7th Grade Kevin Zhong
8th Grade Andrew Shi
Silver Winner
4th Grade Vivaan Mallick
5th Grade William Shi
Hanson Qi
6th Grade Wynn Liang
Alexander Braun
7th Grade Joseph Li
Evan Kau
8th Grade Nathan Chen
Lucas Lin
Bronze Winner
5th Grade Aiden Wen
Ryan Kuo
6th Grade Mehul Bhattacharya
William Liao
Avyay Vivek
7th Grade Vishwesh Chinthukumar
Bhavish Jagani
Kevin Lu
8th Grade Riddhiman Rana
Gareth Lee
Ridhiman Patwari
Honor Roll Winner
6th Grade Ahana Dhammawat
Nalin Mathur
Rafay Budhani
7th Grade Pranav Balaji
Shraddha Parhy
8th Grade Sruthi Manoj
Vanya Ponnuvelu
Aaron Kung
Daniel Cionca

Registration Fee:

  • In-person contest: $25
  • Online contest: $10

Registration Deadline: May 1st, 2024


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