Or get your faculty member to make your school a host site. This can be done very simply- all you need is one or more computers capable of ssh, and hopefully, access to a printer, access to some food, and if possible, access when needed to someone who can answer questions.
You may form a team with members from more than one school.
Also, do NOT delay till the last moment. It takes a bit of time to issue you an account and be sure you have a place at a host site.
There are two sets of 4 problems referred to as the Contest which mimic parts of the problem set of a Boston Prelimiary ACM Programming Contest (BOSPRE). The `Basic' set is similar to the easier BOSPRE problems and the `Regional' set is similar to what will be in future BOSPRE contests to test ability to do standard algorithms in a time efficient manner.
There is a set of 7 problems referred to as the Practice which are last year's contest problems.
Lastly there is a Project which builds a puzzle calculator for producing minimal length solutions to a well-known puzzle. You implement several algorithms to do this, beginning with a simple algorithm, and ending, if you get all the way there, with a quite sophisticated algorithm.
The problems are all here, except the contest problems will not be visible until 12:00pm on March 26.
You may put your public ssh key in `~/.ssh/authorized_keys' but we would prefer that you do NOT change your password (which is an 8 hex digit random number).
Also, just before 12:00pm on March 26 contest problem descriptions will appear here.
There are also help and demos files specific to your programming language on the Help Page.
The help files can be accessed in your account by the `help' command.
There is also a separate scoreboard for each topic and for the Project. The non-contest scoreboards are just so you know which other teams are working on a topic or project, and are not intended to be competative.