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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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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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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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