We had about 145 students in 50 teams representing 22 schools join us Saturday for our programming contest hosted and sponsored by the Living Computer Museum!   We had 5 schools registered with 5 Teams each: Cleveland, Garfield, Interlake, Kamiak & Tahoma High Schools and 4 Teams from Roosevelt HS.  Thank you to all the teachers who helped promote and coordinate students for our event.  The contest was exciting and close with only 15 points and 16 minutes separating our 3rd and 4th place Novice and Advanced teams, respectively.

Congratulations to all of our participants!  Here are our top winners:

  • Advanced 1st: William, Rowan & Nathan of Garfield HS”s team Dawgbotics
  • Advanced 2nd: Cillian & Emma of Roosevelt HS’s team ‘); DROP TABLE TeamNames;–
  • Advanced 3rd: Tianyi Cao of Hazen HS team 21st
Advanced 1st
Advanced 2nd
Advanced 3rd

  • Novice 1st: Devan, Danny & Evan of Kamiak HS team Helm’s Deep
  • Novice 2nd: Jason, Novin, & Mark of Meadowvale HS’s “Most Significant Team”
  • Novice 3rd: Parker, Sudharsan, & Arjun Narayan of Skyline HS’ team Megatron
Novice 1st
Novice 2nd
Novice 3rd

Having the contest at the Living Computer Museum was real treat, allowing students to check out working computers from the past 50 years.  The LCM made accommodations for our teams well and generously provided great snacks, pizza lunch, T-Shirts & Sweatshirts, plus incredible raffle prizes (including an X-Box One) for our students – much thanks to their staff, coordinated by Justin Spielman.

Special thanks to our precision volunteer judges from local computer companies, fearlessly led by Ebe Janchivdorj, and our incredible speaker, Maya Cakmak of UW’s Human-Robot Interaction department. Key members of the PSCSTA made the contest possible: Lauren Bricker coordinating team registration, Brett Wortzman assembling the contest questions & judges, Andy Davidson as our photographer & arranging our speaker, Susan Evans helping with set up, recycling, redesigning our PSCSTA website, plus several members helping out during the day.  All of these contributions were invaluable to making this event a huge success.  Again thank you all so much.

Please share results and pictures with your students!
– Contest Results PDF
– Photos! 
(on Flickr, by Andrew Davidson)
– Contest Problems & Data: Spring 2014 Contest Problems.zip

FYI: Part 2 of the Paul Allen Computing Challenge notices have been sent out to individual teams and their teachers.

Earl Bergquist
PSCSTA Vice President & Spring Contest Coordinator