Winter 2015 contest – what a turnout!

What a day! What a turnout! Many many thanks to Microsoft and Microsoft Teals for hosting the PSCSTA programming competition on Saturday, December 12th. The final count was 284 students from 40 schools from around the Puget Sound participated in our biannual programming contest, and we all fit in the big room at the Microsoft Commons! The morning started with a talk by Mark Russinovich, Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and author of the popular books Trojan Horse and Zero…

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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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Spring 2015 Contest, Huge Success!

Last weekend, we hosted our second Programming Contest of the school year at the Living Computer Museum. In total ~200 students participated (in grades 8 – 12) on 85 teams! This event was made possible with the dedication of our Programming Contest Committee which was lead by Lauren Bricker, Frances Davies, Michael Johnson, Brian Sea, and Justin Spielmann. We also are very thankful for the 30 industry volunteers who served as judges in the contest. All photos of the event are…

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PACC 2015 Registration Now Open!

The Paul Allen Computing Challenge (PACC) 2015 Registration is now open! We apologize for the delays, we had trouble getting the proper authorization for the data set we will be using. The PACC is a data challenge created by the partnership of the PSCSTA and the Living Computer Museum. This year’s challenge is Data in Action! We will encourage you to think about data science from a new perspective. How could access to sports and fitness data and knowledge of…

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STEM Out! is now Tech Out!

Our annual event for girls, previously named STEM Out! is now named Tech Out! We rebranded this event because the participants in the past were consistently giving us feedback that they wanted the activities to focus on Engineering and Technology more than the other fields. We heard your feedback and have adjusted the event. Our activities at this year’s event will include a Make a Speaker activity, Egg Drop, User Experience activity, and Computer Science activity booths. This year’s event…

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Winter 2014 Contest Report

On Saturday, December 13th, 331 students from 27 schools across the Puget Sound participated in our biannual programming contest. Due to high demand in the previous contest we arranged to host the contest at two sites: UW Seattle and Microsoft Redmond. Together with the support of volunteers, sponsoring organizations including UW Dawg Bytes, and Microsoft Teals, and key PSCSTA members including Lauren Bricker, susan ev(ans), Chad Norman, Kory Srock, Brett Wortzman, and many others we had a very successful contest.…

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Spring 2014 Programming Contest Report

We had about 145 students in 50 teams representing 22 schools join us Saturday for our programming contest hosted and sponsored by the Living Computer Museum!   We had 5 schools registered with 5 Teams each: Cleveland, Garfield, Interlake, Kamiak & Tahoma High Schools and 4 Teams from Roosevelt HS.  Thank you to all the teachers who helped promote and coordinate students for our event.  The contest was exciting and close with only 15 points and 16 minutes separating our…

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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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