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FIRST Robotics Competition workshop, Python workshop for high school teachers, CSTA programming contest

Peter Brook and students at the FRC workshop

On Saturday December 11, the Allen Center was hopping with high school students and teachers.

UW CSE undergraduate Peter Brook, a FIRST Robotics Competition stalwart in high school, worked with undergraduate Ashoat Tevosyan, alumnus Kevin Ross, and a number of CSE undergraduate volunteers to present a FIRST Robotics Competition programming workshop for about 70 team members from the region.  A follow-on workshop, focused on autonomous mode, will take place on December 18.

UW CSE alum Hélène Martin, now the computer science teacher at Seattle’s Garfield high school, presented a Python programming workshop for high school teachers, under the auspices of the Puget Sound chapter of CSTA.

And UW CSE faculty member Stuart Reges hosted the annual Puget Sound CSTA programming contest, organized by Crystal Hess, a teacher at Tahoma High School.  The competition gives students interested in programming an opportunity to meet each other and hone their skills.  It also gives us an opportunity to expose students to UW CSE in the hopes that some will choose to pursue computer science in school and as a career.

Here’s a nice TechFlash article describing some of the goings-on.

December 12, 2010