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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2013-2014 calendar posted

Our meeting schedule for the year is now live!  We have an exciting series of hands-on workshops, fun discussions and students events lined up. Meetings will continue to be held from 10am to noon on Saturdays in the 6th floor Commons of the Paul Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering.  Socializing and networking will occur noon to 1pm. Clock hours will be provided for the workshop portion! Our first meeting is coming up on September 21st.  We will send…

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Online Practice Problem Resources

The following list of online resources for student practice problems have been added to the PSCSTA.org Resources page.  I was aware of Coding.bat and PracticeIT, but found Programr.com today and thought I would make sure these were shared with all. http://www.programmr.com/ (Java, C#, C++, Android, Python, Processing, HTML, and many others) http://practiceit.cs.washington.edu/index.jsp (Java) http://codingbat.com/ (Java and Python) If you are aware of other such resources, please share and I will update our listing. Greg Kilpatrick

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2013 Scholarship Winners!

We would like to congratulate the following students as the 2013 scholarship recipients from the Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers Association: Angela Rocchi Tahoma Senior High School CS Teacher: Crystal Hess Judy Zhou Garfield High School CS Teacher: Earl Bergquist Mary Martin Holy Names Academy CS Teacher: Sam Procopio Thank you to everyone for your entries. Look for our next scholarship offering in the spring of 2014.

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Tentative 2013-2014 schedule and member survey

Happy summer, everyone! We had a productive meeting on June 22nd during which we put together a tentative schedule for next year: Sept – Scratch lab Oct – AP CS Labs lab Nov – Nifty Lessons (volunteer through membership survey) 14/Dec – Winter contest at UW Jan – Physical Computing lab  8/Feb – STEM out! with Amazon Hoppers Mar – AppInventor lab  Apr – Spring contest at ?? May – State of CS Education  Jun – Planning for 2014-2015 The…

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