Student teams from 13 Utah high schools will take part in a computer programming competition sponsored by the University of Utah Department of Computer Science Saturday, Feb. 23.

David Hansom, the department's undergraduate administrator, says the competition will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The contest is part of the U.'s observance of National Engineering Week, Feb. 19-23.Each team will be asked to solve five progressively difficult computer programming problems. The winning team will be chosen by the number of problems completed and the amount of time taken to solve each problem.

Students from the following high schools will participate: Bingham, Bountiful, East, Highland, Jordan, Ogden, Olympus, Orem, Skyline, Taylorsville, Weber, West and Woods Cross.

Grading is based partly on the work students perform on the problem already assigned to them and partly on problems awaiting them at the U. The students will use Pascal, a high-level computer programming language. Pascal is a popular language in the educational field and is widely used with microcomputers.