CIS Seminars & Events

North American Computation Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO)

NACLO is a fun (and educational!) contest for U.S. and Canadian high-school students in which contestants compete by solving compelling and creative puzzles in linguistics and computational linguistics. Requiring no previous knowledge of linguistics, languages, or computing, these puzzles can be solved by analytic reasoning alone, and serve as a fun introduction to a field to which many high school students have never been introduced.  Winners of NACLO are eligible to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad, one of twelve international high school science Olympiads.  The main NACLO webpage with dates, times, rules and regulations can be found here.

University of Pennsylvania testing site:

The University of Pennsylvania is a NACLO testing site. Information for the Penn site is:

Computer & Information Science
3330 Walnut Street
Room 612 Levine Hall
Direct Line: 215-898-8560
Contact Person: Cheryl Hickey

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Teachers and parents of the registered participants:

We are very excited that your students will be participating in the NACLO Competition and thank you for your time in partaking this experience with them. We would like get things rolling since the Testing is right around the corner.

Important Information:

Date: March 7th

We will need teachers and students to be here at Penn in room 612 Levine Hall by 8:30 to register and get situated prior to the testing which starts at 9:00 am. sharp. **No Exceptions**

Please leave plenty of time for travel. Traffic around Penn can get hectic and can delay you in getting here on time. It is important as we can not delay the testing for any reason.

We ask that you to make sure your students eat a good breakfast  prior to the competition. You may bring
something to eat with you. Once you have arrived and are registered students are more than welcome to eat what ever they have brought. Carbs are great !!!!!!

This leg of the competition will take place from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. After the test is done you can leave.

Mo lunch will be provided only snacks and bottled water.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at the information provided above.