LITTLE ROCK — Student teams from 16 Arkansas high schools will be invited to compete in first Governor’s All-State Coding Competition next spring, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the state Department of Education said Tuesday.


Two winning teams from each of eight regional coding competitions that were held Nov. 7 qualified for the state competition.


The winning teams include two teams from Conway High School, two from the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts, and one each from North Little Rock High School, Hamburg High School, Star City High School, Eureka Springs High School, Lead Hill High School, Manila High School, Paragould High School, Bentonville High School, Springdale Har-Ber High School, Arkansas High School in Texarkana, Nevada High School and Central High School in Little Rock.


Prizes in the state contest will be $2,000 for each member of the first-place team, $1,000 for each member of the second-place team and $500 for each member of the third-place team. The money will be deposited into 529 college savings plans.


Also, the school that produces the first-place winning team will receive a technology award of up to $20,000 for technology.