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Last Wednesday, Cemetech Contest #12 drew to a close. For this contest, entries were restricted to TI-83 Plus, TI-84 Plus, and TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition programs, yet we still had close to a dozen community members come up with creative projects. We received seven entries by the Contest #12 deadline: four assembly programs and three TI-BASIC programs; three TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition-compatible programs, and five TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus-compatible programs. All seven showed the ingenuity and inventiveness we expect from Cemetech members, and all seven met the requirement of teaching users or students something concrete in their program. Many of the entries included some form of quiz or game to test students' knowledge, and many also included reference information or tutorials for students to learn from. I'll first introduce the non-winning but still admirable entries, and conclude with the winners.
  • Basic Handbook: This z80 ASM program makes use of the Doors CS GUI routines to present lessons on the fundamentals of TI-BASIC. At present, it teaches a simple "Hello, World" example plus a few additional commands.
  • Bit Manipulation: A much-needed tutorial on bitmath by pyrotechnic, written in z80 ASM for z80 ASM programmers. It's a work-in-progress that currently teaches boolean logic commands and z80 ASM bitmath operators, and has extensive documentation on its plans for a quiz mode.
  • Survival: Newcomer APotato submitted this TI-84+CSE TI-BASIC game inspired by Darwinian evolution and the principle of "survival of the fittest". It includes several minigames of chance and skill that determine if the player's hypothetical species thrives or perishes.
  • CBCRTR: An electronic circuit builder and simulator by 16aroth6 that also teaches the basics of electronics. The main missing piece is the simulator component, which should bring this already capable learning tool to the next level.
We'd also like to tip a judicial hat to ordelore for his unfinished, unsubmitted entry "Earth Impact", a port of the STEM Behind Hollywood activity of the same name. Although ordelore will be unable to work further on the entry, he has sent his code to a few community members to hopefully complete.

And now, our third, second, and first place winners, in that order. Our prizes include three calculators: a TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition, a TI-Nspire CX, and an overclocked TI-83 Plus Silver Edition. We again thank our anonymous donor for the two new color-screen calculators.
  • In third place, Element Teacher by CalcGuy123 teaches information like name, symbol, atomic mass, and more for elements on the periodic table, then quizzes students on what they learned. It earned high marks for including a wealth of useful information, and with a small bit of additional polishing should be ready for Chemistry students everywhere.
  • Second place went to geekboy1011 for Resistor Calculator, a color z80 ASM program for the TI-84+CSE that translates resistor color codes to resistance values and also offers reference materials for electrical engineers. Geekboy1011 earned particular recognition from the judges for showing consistent effort and progress on his project in his contest topic throughout the competition.
  • Matrefeytontias wins first place for A Whole New Perspective, a sprawling z80 ASM project that teaches 3D programming. Matrefeytontias has produced a number of impressive 3D projects in Axe and assembly in the past, and has shared his experiences in an easy-to-understand format with this interactive tutorial.

To all our contestants and winners, congratulations! Please PM me your mailing address, and we'll get your prizes to you soon. If you feel like eventually posting up photos of your prizes and/or what you plan to do with them, we certainly won't complain. Since all contestants have uploaded their entries to the Cemetech Archives, we ask that you notify us if you don't want us to accept the upload. Most importantly, if your entry is unfinished, please finish it as soon as possible and publish it to help underscore the value of programming for creating educational calculator programs! If you didn't win, then keep your eyes open for Cemetech Contest #13 starting this fall, which will have more TI-84+CSEs and TI-Nspire CXs as prizes and for which we have a few extra surprises in store.






Left to right: "A Whole New Perspective", "Resistor Calculator", and "Element Teacher"
yay!

and congrats to all who participated in the contest
Well done by all and congratulations to the winners!
Woo first place \o/ Congratulations to all contestants for their programs ! Very Happy
Congrats guys! I will definitely be looking at some of these amazing entries! Also how do we get our judging sheets? I would like some constructive criticism.
APotato wrote:
Congrats guys! I will definitely be looking at some of these amazing entries! Also how do we get our judging sheets? I would like some constructive criticism.
Good question. We will be happy to send the rubrics to any of the contestants; simply PM me, and please include your email address as well.
Good job!

Kerm: any idea when/what the next contest will be about?
Looking forward to the next contest!
Swell, congrats winners + entrants! Looks like some cool new programs there.
CalebHansberry wrote:
Swell, congrats winners + entrants! Looks like some cool new programs there.
Indeed, I don't think I offered my personal congratulations to all of our contestants. I'm particularly impressed with the amount of effort expended considering that this contest took place during the summer, when people are often camping, vacationing, gaming, and otherwise not paying attention to the programming community.
KermMartian wrote:
I'm particularly impressed with the amount of effort expended considering that this contest took place during the summer, when people are often camping, vacationing, gaming, and otherwise not paying attention to the programming community.


That's when I focus the most on the programming community...
Kerm Martian wrote:
...and otherwise not paying attention to the programming community.


shame on them for disappearing on this great community!
^---which happens to somewhat include me :/

many congratulations to the contest winners, and a good try to those who didn't. I'm sure you all had fun competing in yet another great Cemetech contest.
Not what but the next one should be coming up this year. I believe that Kerm mentioned that the next contest would be later this year in the anonymous donor news article. Edit: he mentioned it will begin around mid November.
APotato wrote:
Not what but the next one should be coming up this year. I believe that Kerm mentioned that the next contest would be later this year in the anonymous donor news article. Edit: he mentioned it will begin around mid November.


The astute observers among us will have noticed that that is only a few weeks away.
elfprince13 wrote:

The astute observers among us will have noticed that that is only a few weeks away.


Anyone know what platforms?
I think It'll either be the 83/84 family's, or just the 84CSE (because of TI's recent announcements...)
16aroth6 wrote:
I think It'll either be the 83/84 family's, or just the 84CSE (because of TI's recent announcements...)
Which announcements do you mean? We were considering holding a Lua contest at some point, but that would unfortunately make it inaccessible to a lot of our members.
The announcement where they said that they are discontinuing the silver edition and focusing more on the CSE I think..
  
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