Programmers from China and Russia have dominated an international competition on everything from writing algorithms to designing components, raising new questions about the need for better STEM education in the United States, Computerworld reports. Of 70 finalists, 20 were from China, 10 from Russia, and just two from the U.S. TopCoder Inc., which runs software competitions as part of its software development service, operates TopCoder Open, an annual contest. About 4,200 people participated in the U.S. National Security Agency-supported challenge. The NSA has been sponsoring the program for a number of years because of its interest in hiring people with advanced skills. The contest was open to anyone, from students to professionals, and finished this month in Las Vegas. China’s showing in the finals was helped by its sheer number of participants (894). India followed at 705, but none of its programmers were finalists. Russia had 380 participants; the United States, 234. Of the total number of contestants, 93 percent were male, and 84 percent were between 18 and 24 years old…

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