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Programming Contest Details and our Next Meeting is Saturday, March 23rd

Registration for the April 27th PSCSTA Programming Contest will open Monday, March 25th at 9:30am.  We are limited to 30 teams this Spring, so only the first 30 registered teams can attend, any thereafter will be notified and placed on a wait list in case the first teams have not paid by Thursday, April 11th – after that wait list teams will be invited accordingly.  Mark your calendar and prepare your students for registration.  Cost is $30 per team, and…

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AWEsome Evening Celebrating Women in Engineering Hosted by Amazon.com

Amazon’s Women in Engineering group is hosting the 1st annual AWEsome Evening Celebrating Women in Engineering Monday, April 1st from 5-8pm at South Lake Union. Amazon would love for you and your family to join us for an evening celebrating women in technology! This event is free! Come learn about how women are impacting Amazon and technology. This event is open to everyone. At the event you will experience: Amazon product and service showcases A talk by Maria Klawe, President of Harvey…

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CodeDay Seattle is this weekend, Sat 16th Feb

CodeDay is a great opportunity for high school students to apply their programming skills and learn to make games & apps with fellow students in the Seattle area.  PSCSTA officer, Hélène Martin will be speaking and this event is organized by two Garfield HS Students!  Here’s the Details: Come to CodeDay Seattle this Presidents Day weekend! Pitch ideas, form teams, and build amazing apps and games as quickly as possible! CodeDay Seattle is a 24 hour hackathon for students. It’s…

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December Programming Contest Report

We had over 200 students in 74 teams representing 26 schools join us today for a programming competition hosted in conjunction with UW CSE’s DawgBytes program!  The event was generously sponsored by Microsoft TEALS. Dozens of teachers and industry volunteers made this possible by hauling furniture, herding students, creating huge stacks of empty pizza boxes, judging problems, hunting for speaker cables and more!  All of your contributions were invaluable to making this event a success.  Thank you. Congratulations to all of…

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2012 – 2013 Meeting Schedule

Dear chapter members, At our August meeting, we developed a plan for this year’s chapter meetings. It promises to be another great year of CS education discussions. As usual, the meetings will be on Saturdays, hosted by the UW CSE Department in the lovely 6th Floor Commons room of the Paul Allen Center.  However we have changed the start of our meetings to 10am so they do not take up the middle of your Saturday.  The new meeting time is…

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CS&IT Conference – July, 2012

The Computer Science & Information Technology (CS&IT) Conference is the only international conference specifically developed for K-12 computer science educators. This year the conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Irvine on July 9th and 10th, 2012, in Irvine, CA. To see the agenda, register for the conference, or reserve your reduced housing rate at the Hyatt, visit www.cstaconference.org.

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UW CSE Inspirational Teachers

Two of our chapter members recently received a nice recognition. Hélène Martin and Lauren Bricker were fêted by the UW CSE department, having been nominated by current undergrads in that program as secondary teachers who inspired them in high school or community college classes. Read more about the award and the event here: UW CSE “Inspirational Teacher” dinner. Congratulations, Hélène and Lauren!

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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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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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