Garfield CS 3rd Place in 2014 Fall Programming Contest

posted by: Mr. Bergquist 18 December 2014 No Comment

Garfield Team takes 3rd Place at the Fall Programming Contest!

Garfield at 2014 Fall Programming Contest (photo by Bridget Lewis)

331 students from 27 schools across the Puget Sound participated in our biannual PSCSTA Programming Contest, held on Dec 13th at UW’s Paul Allen Center & Microsoft.  Garfield had 5 teams* programming for 3 hours, and our “Frizbros” (Frisbee Brothers) team of Adrian, Halden & Brian took 3rd place in the Novice 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 25 million students world-wide wrote!

Beside programming, students attended a presentation by UW’s Kate Starbird titled “Big Data, Sports Analytics and Athlete-Centered Design” showing how gathering data on athletes is being analyzed to improve performance and develop team strategies by teams everywhere especially the Seattle Sounders.  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 an activity tracker 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 2015 hosted by the Living Computer Museum.

* Most of our Advanced Students were at the FIRST FTC Robotics competition, taking 1st place; they promise they be back for the Spring Programming Contest.

More event photos here and all Results posted here  – all our teams did very well!

3rd Place Novice Winners: Brian Kooperberg, Halden Lin & Adrian Golay

Photos by Bridget Lewis:




Additional photos by Kevin Ha:



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