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[2 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

Events at Seattle Center: Sat, June 8th (& 9th) 10am – 6pm:

Science Expo Day Sat 8th only – Free!  Science EXPO Day is a festive, one-day event featuring over 150 booths, activities, demonstrations, and performances that celebrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and show how integral they are to the region’s culture and prosperity.
Seattle Mini Makers Faire! Sat & Sun 8th & 9th (poster) cost: 15 and younger free, $8 for students ($10 day of) – See Mr. Bergquist for 25% off Discount code.  Come to the Seattle Mini Maker Faire, and you …

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[27 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

Your final project is an opportunity to pull together all the things you’ve learned this year and to learn a new skill or two by leveraging documentation-reading abilities.  It’s important that you be able to bring an ambitious project to completions and that you have a tangible product to show for your time in this class.
You are welcome to work in groups of up to three with approval, I reserve the right to veto groups.
Your deliverables are:

Project Proposal description must be turned in by May 31st – should be in …

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[14 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

Free Career Summer School Classes!
For student attending a Seattle High School next school year – “rising” 9-12th, offered through our SPS Skills Centers. You can earn .5 credit!  Full day classes from June 17 through July 8th or 12th.

Skills Center Summer Program Classes 2013
- INTRO to Digital Animation & Game Design/Cyber Camp @  Academy of Interactive Entertainment - Seattle Center
Introduction to Video Game Development and Game Art. Students interested in Video Game Design, Programming, or Game Art will learn skills and about the video game industry as a career.  (Video)
- INTRO to Aerospace Science …

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[12 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

Your UW in HS final grade will be based on the following percentages:

35% – Semester 1 percent grade
35% – Semester 2 percent grade to 15 week grade
30% – UW in HS Final Exam – 100 minute exam (updated 2018)

UW in HS exam may include: Expressions, Array Mystery, Input Mystery, Inheritance/Polymorphism Mystery, Line-based and/or Token-based File Processing (Scanners), Array Programming, ArrayList Programming, Classes (creating a method within a class).  No Notes or Book - only our two Syntax sheets: Java Syntax Sheet V5 · Object Concepts
General Grading Guidelines for AP UW in HS, based on overall class percentage:

90%: at least 3.5
85%: at least 3.0
80%: …

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[28 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

Two of our five teams placed 1st and 2nd in the Puget Sound CSTA Programming Contest this past Saturday (April 27th) held at Amazon.com.  William Ballinger assisted by a friend from Nova High School took 2nd Place* in Advanced and Rebecca Wong, Ryan Miller & Franklin Sussman won 1st place in Novice competition.  Please congratulate them when you see them next – they did an outstanding job as did all our Garfield programmers.
There were a total of 43 teams and 100 students at the competition. (All Contest results here).  PSCSTA …

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[21 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

Here’s the schedule for getting us through the AP Exam and subsequent UW in HS exams.  Please let me know in advance if you will be out for any of our Exam dates.
Mon & Tue, April 20th & 21st:  Self Review of Recursion Mysteries & Sorting Algorithms & O-Complexity.
- Sorts: like BinarySearch & Sort visualizations (Video:binary search)
- Video: Complexity  (“CheatSheet” PDF)
Thu April 24th – Polymorphism (& its Mysteries)
- Handout: Polymorphism & its Mysteries
- Super & Polymorphism Summary! (includes Abstract Class & Methods!)
Our Final Schedule:
Tues, April 28th - Free Response Portion of the Final Mock AP Exam (50 min + Take Home problem due Fri, …

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[10 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

Below are announcements for camps, classes and ideas to add a little computer science & engineering to your summer.  I get these notices from a variety of universities & groups each spring.  Let me know if you attend any of these and I will pass on your feedback to future students.  And Keep on Coding…
OnLine Resources:

Code.org is a great place to start – has links to a variety of ways to learn about programming and new languages.  Plus a Cool Video on the importance of programming.

Camps & Short Courses:

Free Tech & Career …

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[8 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]

Three Garfield students are NCWIT Aspirations in Technology Winners
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests.  This year Judy Lin, Laura Watson  & Judy Zhou each received a NCWIT Washington State Affiliate Award for Aspiration in Technology, which were presented at the University of Washington.  Each year only 20 girls in Washington State receives this honor and in the past couple years, more than 10 Garfield Students have won this award.  Laura also won this distinction last year.  …

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[27 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]

The University of Washington is offering several STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math)-focused summer enrichment opportunities this summer.  The links below provide the full details.  Note that there are two classes targeting high school girls.  For class details follow the links below to their website: http://www.summer-camp.uw.edu/ .  Registration is open now!
Computer Programming in Java I (Sessions 1 & 2) — June 17-28 AND July 1-12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Computer Programming in Java II — July 15-26, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Girls, Computing, and Collaboration — July 29-Aug 5, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. *
Introduction to Engineering Design and Process …

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[18 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]

2 Microsoft Opportunities: Summer Internship & 3 Day Builder Boot Camp
From Microsoft: We’re excited to roll out this year’s Puget Sound Microsoft High School internship program and a new 3 day event that all students who apply will be eligible for as well for juniors and seniors in HS!  Both of these opportunities will give you the chance to meet program managers, developers, and developers in test that work on everything from Xbox, to Windows 8, to Bing and Word!  You will be able to get your hands dirty working …