On January 26, 2017, 11 high school students from around Orange County came to UCI to participate in the National Computational 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 an engaging introduction to a field which many high school students have never encountered before. Winners of NACLO are eligible to compete in the International Linguistics Olympiad, one of only 12 international high school science olympiads. This year, the international olympiad will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from July 31-August 4.