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Jan 20 Workshop: Teaching Diverse Students with a Lens on Equity in the CS Classroom

When: Jan 20, 12:00 (arrive and socialize), 12:30-2:30 for program with more social time at the end Where: Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) Gates Commons (6th floor) Registration: https://pscsta-jan2018.eventbrite.com This workshop, run by Crystal Hess, is designed to engage critical thinking about how to build a collaborative learning community in the classroom that focuses on advocacy for students from marginalized or underserved populations. Participants will engage in activities, discussion, and reflection to generate critical thinking…

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Duckember 2017 Programming Contest

The PSCSTA Winter 2017 programming contest is a wrap! This contest was unique in a number of ways. Although we had our typical programming and pizza, with approximately 260 students from 105 teams (23 teams from Bellevue and 10 from Issaquah), we had the highest number schools represented in our eight year history, with teams from as far away as Orting and Ellensburg. Also, in addition to our usual T-shirt distribution, every student received a rubber duck to help with…

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BAPECA Competition

Bryan Lim and Preston Lee are two students in the PNW region who are organizing the BAPECA competition—Bryan and Preston’s Excellent Coding Adventure. This competition will take place on Sunday, December 17th at Issaquah Arena Sports (2115 NW Poplar Way, Issaquah, WA). It will feature a PSCSTA-style programming contest as well as an efficiency question where teams are given 45 minutes to achieve the most efficient solution to a problem. For more details, visit https://bapeca.github.io/. The BAPECA competition also needs volunteers for judging! If you…

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Skyline Programming Contest November 11

PSCSTA is sponsoring another CS Club Contest. Here is their email announcement: We are excited to announce that Skyline High School will be hosting a programming competition on November 11th! It will be similar to competitions such as PSCSTA and MIHS. More information can be found on our website, at http://spartanprogrammingcompetition.weebly.com/ You can register using this link. Please only register only once per team. We will have prizes for the winning teams and will feature a keynote speaker who has…

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Teacher Social Gathering, 10/21 @MIHS

Calling all teachers, not just the ones who’s students are going to the MIHS Programming contest on October 21, 2017!!! Come to our informal social gathering on at the Mercer Island High School Commons from 10:30-12:30. This meeting has two main purposes: It’s an informal social meet up/networking opportunity to encourage our fellow computer science teachers It’s a way that PSCSTA can hear your voice! PSCSTA wants to know what activities you would like us to do during this school…

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Mercer Island HS Programming Contest

News from TeamCode.com: The Fall 2017 MIHS Programming Contest takes place on October 21st from 9:30 to 3:30. Just like in our last event in April, students can choose between the Intermediate and Advanced divisions and will have three hours to complete as many of the fifteen challenging coding problems as they can. Food and snacks are provided, and at the end of the contest, the winning teams will receive medals and all participants will have a chance to win…

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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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