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Welcome back/Planning meeting Saturday 9/23

Everyone is getting busy getting ramped up with the new school year, and PSCSTA is no exception. Our first meeting of the year is: Date: Saturday 9/23 (note: NOT a Football Saturday) Time: 12:30-2:30 (why? Parking is free on campus after noon) Place: Paul G. Allen Center, 6th Floor commons The agenda for the meeting is: Reconnecting after our summers and PSCSTA hiatus Mapping out a schedule of events for the year Identifying which events could potentially be worth setting…

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August Big Data Talk

Huge thanks to Emma Anderson for pulling together her talk on her Big Data class from U Prep on rather short notice, and Stuart and Jeremy for procuring the room and even parking. I know a lot of people couldn’t make it, so I’ve posted some of resources. – The zip file of relevant information that Emma pulled together: – Notes from the meeting. – A video of the talk – contact us for the link. There was some interest in…

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Looking Ahead to 2015 – 2016

The PSCSTA is in full-planning mode for our upcoming year. We welcome our new leadership including co-presidents Andrea Foegler, and Ken Hang as well as vice president Alex Kardokus, read more about them on our officer page. We also greatly thank the past leadership of Greg Kilpatrick, and Earl Bergquist who have successfully led this organization for many years. Lauren Bricker and Allison Obourn are continuing in their roles as Treasurer and Secretary respectively. Along with our usual two programming…

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December 2013 Contest Results

246 students in 91 teams representing 24 schools joined us on Saturday, December 14th for a programming competition jointly hosted UW CSE’s DawgBytes program!  The event was generously sponsored by Microsoft. Dozens of teachers and industry volunteers made this event possible.  All of your contributions were invaluable to making this event a success.  Thank you! Congratulations to all of our participants!  Please share the results and pictures with your students. Top represented schools were Kamiak and Issaquah with 11 teams each. Download…

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NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

As many of you know, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women who are active and interested in computing and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients receive cool prizes as well as access to scholarships, internships, and a community of like-minded, technical young women. Girls with all levels of experience are encouraged to apply: the award recognizes aspirations as well as accomplishments! Educators who endorse their student’s applications are eligible to win the NCWIT Educator…

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10/11 at UW: Counselors for Computing

What: A conference for middle and high school counselors about computing. When: Friday, October 11th 8:30am – 3pmWhere: UW Paul Allen Center for CSEWhy: More and more students are interested in computing and this is a great opportunity for counselors to learn how to guide them.Registration Please, please share this letter to counselors and this letter to administrators in your school or with your kids’ schools! Dear PSCSTA Members: Greetings from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). I manage the…

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2013-2014 calendar posted

Our meeting schedule for the year is now live!  We have an exciting series of hands-on workshops, fun discussions and students events lined up. Meetings will continue to be held from 10am to noon on Saturdays in the 6th floor Commons of the Paul Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering.  Socializing and networking will occur noon to 1pm. Clock hours will be provided for the workshop portion! Our first meeting is coming up on September 21st.  We will send…

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Online Practice Problem Resources

The following list of online resources for student practice problems have been added to the PSCSTA.org Resources page.  I was aware of Coding.bat and PracticeIT, but found Programr.com today and thought I would make sure these were shared with all. http://www.programmr.com/ (Java, C#, C++, Android, Python, Processing, HTML, and many others) http://practiceit.cs.washington.edu/index.jsp (Java) http://codingbat.com/ (Java and Python) If you are aware of other such resources, please share and I will update our listing. Greg Kilpatrick

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2013 Scholarship Winners!

We would like to congratulate the following students as the 2013 scholarship recipients from the Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers Association: Angela Rocchi Tahoma Senior High School CS Teacher: Crystal Hess Judy Zhou Garfield High School CS Teacher: Earl Bergquist Mary Martin Holy Names Academy CS Teacher: Sam Procopio Thank you to everyone for your entries. Look for our next scholarship offering in the spring of 2014.

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Tentative 2013-2014 schedule and member survey

Happy summer, everyone! We had a productive meeting on June 22nd during which we put together a tentative schedule for next year: Sept – Scratch lab Oct – AP CS Labs lab Nov – Nifty Lessons (volunteer through membership survey) 14/Dec – Winter contest at UW Jan – Physical Computing lab  8/Feb – STEM out! with Amazon Hoppers Mar – AppInventor lab  Apr – Spring contest at ?? May – State of CS Education  Jun – Planning for 2014-2015 The…

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