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[16 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

 Seattle Mayor, Ed Murray, learns to Code at Garfield HS
For the 2014 Computer Science Education week, we invited Seattle Mayor, Ed Murray to join our Garfield Exploring Computer Science class for the Hour of Code.  Students shared how they are learning programming through the entertaining lessons provided by Code.org: step by step lessons with characters from Frozen, building a Flappy Game, and building Android Apps using our classroom tablets.  Additional students from Projects in CS and our Robotics team showed the Mayor how they are using these skills to create mobile Apps and design automated robots.
The …

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[12 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Vintage Computer Faire is coming to Seattle! 
Presented by Living Computer Museum, this family-friendly, hands-on event is August 9, 2014 from 10am-5pm at the Living Computer Museum (2245 1st Ave S, Seattle). Admission to the Vintage Computer Faire is FREE! The day will be packed with activities for kids of all ages (0-99), telling the amazing story of the computers, from their invention to their integral role in today’s world.
Join us at the Vintage Computer Faire as we host workshops filled with educational activities and building projects; vendor booths from industry retailers and community partners; informative …

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[14 May 2014 | 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!  Two sessions of full day classes from June 23- July 11 and  July 14 – July 31.
Skills Center Summer Program Classes 2014

- Digital Animation & Game Design/Cyber Camp @  Academy of Interactive Entertainment - Seattle Center Armory
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)
- Introduction to …

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[27 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Our Dawgbotics Team placed 1st the Puget Sound CSTA Programming Contest this past Saturday (April 26th) held at the amazing Living Computer Museum.
William, Rowan & Nathan worked together to earn 1st Place in Advanced and our top Novice team of Elias, Sasha & Mack missed 3rd place by just 15 points in the 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 50 teams and 150 students at the competition from 22 local high …

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[20 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Ready to see how WebPages work?  Well we will start with a cool tool that shows you the code and details of a website as you browse it in the Firefox (click here for similar details in Chrome).  Start by watching the Video on this webpage, note: you will have to hit the play button to start the video
Similar to the instructions of the video, go to Mozilla Firefox’s “Tools” menu, go to “Web Developer” and click on “Inspector” to see all the details of WebPages.  To do this:

Go to …

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[11 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]

Key points for success working on a Team, from our building paper castles team exercise.  Here’s the summary of the keys to succeeding as a team.  Let’s remember them throughout the year as we work on different teams.

Team works together - everyone doing what they do best
Effective Communications

Everyone participates/contributes
Explore different ideas – Open to everyone’s ideas
Keep Focus
Strong Leader and willing Minions


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[30 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]

Preparing for our Mid Term Exam!
Since we have covered a bunch of information, the exam will be Open Composition Book, so you can use any notes you have taken in class or assignments written up in your books.  NOTE: you cannot just print off copies of presentations or Answer sheets, but you can take notes on that information in your composition books.
Let’s Review Highlights from Presentations on:

Components of a Computer
Data Representations in a PC.
Operating Systems, highlighting: The 9 Most Important Differences Between Macs And PCs
The Internet & World Wide Web …

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[4 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]

Most of you have just learned to use Paint.NET for the first time in the past week.  We used several different ways to learn how to use it: lecture demonstration, written step by step instruction, trial & error (just trying things out yourself), help from your teacher & classmates, and watching video demonstration.  I want you to think about these ways of learning a new program, and think what were the most effective for you by answering these questions.
Reflection Assignment: Please write down your answers to these questions on a …

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[18 Sep 2012 | One Comment | ]

We’ve learned that all computer devices (i.e. cell phones, game consoles, tablets & PC’s) store their information digitally in binary – a numerical system with only two states, which we generally think of as a sequence of ‘0’s and ‘1’s.  Here are two version of this Exercise to use: Digital Data Quest PDF you can print, AND Here is a Blank Word Doc you can download & edit (save to our S:Drive location later.)
In this webquest, you’ll use some websites as well as your favorite search engine to answer a series of …

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[9 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

[15 Classwork Points, due end of period Tuesday, Feb 11th, 2014] 
You will spend the period hunting down and gathering notes on the major components (parts) that are inside most every computers (including computer devices like cell phones & video games).  This is in preparation for taking PC’s apart and studying them later this week.  I also want you to demonstrate how good you are at using Microsoft Office – use MS Word to create a document for your work – if you know any cool features of Word, try to …