Are you interested in learning foreign languages, puzzle-solving, breaking codes, combinatorics, and/or conjugations? Would you like to try your hand at deciphering an ancient script or deducing the logical patterns of Swahili, Hawaiian or Finite State Transducers? If so, NACLO is the right challenge for you!
What is NACLO?
NACLO stands for the North American Computational Linguistics Open competition. NACLO is a contest in which high-school students solve linguistic problems. In solving these problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary.
Each January thousands of Middle and High School students across North America participate in NACLO, with the top performing participants moving forward to the invitational and then international competitions.
Participation in NACLO is free. Students who are interested in taking part will however need to register to participate in the competition at the NACLO registration site. Registrations will be accepted up until January 24, 2022.
For more about NACLO as well as past puzzles, go here.
For student handbook, go here.
Will there be training sessions?
Training session at Georgia Tech for the year of 2022 will take place between 10:00am and 1:00pm on January 8. Because of COVID, the session will be held on line via Bluejeans. The link for the online meetings will be made available to everyone who registers. Participation in these training sessions is free.
If you plan to attend training session, please register here.
If you missed the training session, you can check out the NACLO problem walkthrough here.