Garfield CS 2nd Place in 2013 Fall Programming Contest

posted by: Mr. Bergquist 15 December 2013 No Comment

Garfield HS Students at Fall 2013 Programming Contest! (photo by A. Davidson, UW HCDE)

Garfield’s “Dawgbotics Software” Team takes 2nd Place at the Fall PSCSTA Programming Contest at UW!

246 students in 91 teams representing 24 schools competed in the semi-annual fall PSCSTA Programming Contest, held on Dec 14th at UW’s Paul Allen Center.  Garfield had 7 teams programming for 3 hours, and our Dawgbotics Software team of William, Rowan & Mack took 2nd place in the Advanced division.  This was the biggest event in PSCSTA’s history as computer science’s popularity grows. The competition was part of Computer Science Education week which included the International Hour of Code where over 15 million students world-wide wrote over Half a Billion lines of code! (Check out our other events this past week: Garfield Computer Science Week 2013)

Beside programming, students attended a presentation by UW’s Kate Starbird titled “Data Science to the Rescue” showing how Social Media Data is being used to help out during disasters and events.  And students are invited to try this, applying their problem solving & programming skills to a data set through the Paul Allen Computing Challenge to win great prizes including Kindle Tablets for teams who complete the competition — more details here.

The competition was organized by the Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers Association & UW CSE’s Dawgbytes and generously sponsored by TEALS and Microsoft.  The judges were volunteers from local tech companies including Microsoft,, Google, and others, who talked with students about working in computer science jobs.  It was a great event for everyone!  The next programming contest will be held in April of 2014 hosted by the Living Computer Museum.

Event photos here and (more on Facebook here) and Overall Results here  – all our teams did well!

2nd Place Advanced: Mack, William & Rowen


Ms Martin, Garfield's first CS teacher now a UW lecturer

Asking questions of a Local programmer.

Speaking with a local programmer

Talking to a Software Programmer Judge
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