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April 2012 Programming Contest Results

Another successful competition has come and gone! We had 27 teams participate from 12 schools, 12 judges from industry, and 10 advisors.  Amazon.com was our official sponsor! They provided us with many judges, 17 pizzas from Zeek’s, tons of snacks and breakfast items, drinks, shirts for everyone, gift cards, and two kindles! Plus they let us use their facilities and provided us with a Tech Talk! We are very thankful for all their support of our contest. Contest Winners: Novice…

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Spring Contest Lineup

Registration is now closed for this Saturday’s PS CSTA Spring Programming Contest, sponsored by Amazon.com. 26 teams from 12 Puget Sound area high schools will be participating. Read about the lineup here: http://goo.gl/0CtvL.

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Spring Programming Contest

Registration is now open for the PS CSTA Spring Programming Contest ! Please join us on Saturday, April 28, for this great event. Register your team by April 22 to participate. Amazon.com is sponsoring the contest and it will be held at their South Lake Union Campus. See the Programming Contests page of our site for full details.

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Teen online behaviors

Interesting piece from the NY Times about the research of Danah Boyd on teenage online behavior: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/fashion/danah-boyd-cracking-teenagers-online-codes.html (curiously cataloged in the “Fashion” section because it appeared in the NYT “Sunday Styles” section of the print edition)

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Coursekit

I read something recently about a fairly new course management software platform called Coursekit. Today I see that they have received some VC funding: http://goo.gl/GE6Ed. Its avowed simplicity was appealing, and I have been meaning to check it out. I was wondering if anyone had any experience with it?

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December Programming Contest Results

Thank you to everyone that participated in, helped out with, or judged the programming competition! This was our largest turnout to date with 15 schools bringing 43 total teams! Remember that the December contest is your practice for the April contest!! Contest Winners: Novice – 1st Place – Lakeside School – Alex Tong, Nat Mayer, Hannah Ruggiero Novice  – 2nd Place – Garfield High School – Caitlin Rochlin, William Zhou, Lucy Spain Novice – 3rd Place – Lakeside School – Nikhil Khanna, Aran Khanna Advanced – 1st Place – Garfield High…

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Microsoft Summer Internship Program for HS Students

Microsoft has announced its summer 2012 internship program for high school students: Here at Microsoft, high school students just like you will work on cutting-edge technology that will make a real difference in people’s lives all over the world. As an intern, your insider’s look into high-tech professions may give you a little inspiration as you make plans for college. It’ll also give you a head start on building a good resume. You’ll receive a competitive hourly wage plus a…

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Share your Intro to CS course

(Edit: notes posted) Greetings, all. This Saturday is our November chapter meeting, back at the usual venue in the UW CSE building, from 1:00 – 3:00 (or so). The topic this month is introductory courses in CS. We’d like to have a roundtable discussion of goals, topics, syllabi, and languages and systems that people have used for teaching introductory courses in CS. We invite teachers to sign up for slots to do quick presentations of their courses, and then have…

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NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Each year, NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) recognizes young women across the US for their interest and participation in computing. Last year, the national winner was one of Lauren Bricker’s students from Lakeside! We also had several runner-ups from the Puget Sound area. Let’s make sure our outstanding Puget Sound girls are recognized again this year! The award application opens September 15th and will close October 31st. Please encourage your students to apply. The big new thing…

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2011-12 Meeting Schedule

Dear chapter members, At our August meeting, we developed a plan for this year’s chapter meetings. It promises to be another good year of CS discussions. As last year, the meetings will be Saturdays, generally the 3rd one of the month, hosted by the UW CSE Department in the lovely 6th Floor Commons room of the Paul Allen Center. You can find the schedule posted on the chapter website (www.pscsta.org) under the Meetings tab. The summary version is below. BLUE…

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