Category Archives: AP Comp Sci

Riders take medals at Spring ProgCon

The Spring PS CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association) Programming Contest was held this past Saturday, April 28. Hosted at and sponsored by, the contest featured 26 teams (of 1 – 3 students each) from 12 area high schools competing to solve programming problems in a 3-hour, pizza-fueled mindfest.

Roosevelt fielded four teams (resplendent in green and gold) in the novice division and all of them competed admirably, going up against perennial powerhouse competitors from Lakeside, Garfield, and Tahoma high schools.

In a fantastic finish, the tremendous trio of Kevin Ault, Galen Caldwell, and Grant Price took home the Novice First Place medal. And dynamic duo Sam Dixon and Kilian Folger brought in the Novice Second Place prize.

Congratulations and way to go, Rough Riders!

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Spring Programming Contest

It’s time for another programming contest!

The Spring Puget Sound CSTA Programming Contest will be held on Saturday, April 28th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at in South Lake Union.

It will be great practice for the AP exam and another chance to represent Roosevelt HS in the public arena of the mind. Full details are here: PSCSTA Programming Contest.

Registration is now open and costs $30 per team (1 — 3 people). Form your team and sign up here: PSCSTA Spring Contest Registration!

All RHS AP CS students qualify for the novice category, but if you’re feeling really confident, feel free to go for the expert class.

When you register, select the “My advisor will be bringing payment” option and just give me your cash or check (made payable to Andrew Davidson). I’ll collect the funds for all of the teams and forward the payment to the PS CSTA.

Google CS Summer Institute

Attention, seniors interested in studying computer science !!

Google has created the Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) for high school seniors interested in pursuing computer science and planning to attend a university in the US or Canada.

This program selects up to 60 aspiring computer scientists to attend one of the all-expenses-paid CSSI sessions at either Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California or Google’s office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Here is the deal:

This special institute will include an interactive and collaborative CS curriculum, as well as a unique residential experience in which students can build a network with other attendees. They will meet alumni from their schools and other Google engineers while immersing themselves in daily life at Google. Students will also enjoy technical talks by Googlers, lectures by guests from across the technology industry, and local area social activities.

Would you like to benefit from the technical curriculum and the networking opportunities of the CSSI? We are looking for students eager to spend a few weeks living the Google life – tackling interesting technical problems, working collaboratively and having fun. We want students to leave empowered, heading into their first year of college armed with a unique learning experience that can only be had at Google.

Application deadline: Friday, April 20, 2012 11:59 p.m. PST.

More information:

Sounds like a great opportunity!

CS Talks at Town Hall This Week

There are three interesting talks related to computer science happening at Town Hall Seattle this week. (While not free, talks held at Town Hall are normally $5 and you can almost always just get tickets at the door.)


The first is by the science writer George Dyson, author of a new book called Turing’s Cathedral, and a gifted and popular lecturer. This book shows how the crucial advancements that dominated 20th-century technology emerged from one computer in one laboratory, where the digital universe as we know it was born. Monday night, March 5, 7:30 — 9:00 pm. $5.

The other two are a double-header, on Wednesday, March 7. $5 for both.

The first, from 6:00 — 7:30 pm, is by Brian Christian, author of a book called The Most Human Human. This book relates his experience participating in the 2009 Turing Test. Through this, he discovered philosophical, bio­logical, and moral issues raised by the Turing Test, and wonders: If computers can reason, what does that mean for the special place we reserve for humanity?


Following that is a talk from 8:00 — 9:00 pm by Katie Kuksenok, a Ph.D. student in Computer Science and Engineering at the UW who is building novel systems to improve the quality—and the user experience—of language-processing technologies. This talk is entitled Helping Computers Find Meaning They Lost in Translation.

AP Test Registration

The deadline to register for taking AP tests is March 15th.

Registration forms are available from your AP teacher or in the counseling office. The Cost is $87.00 per test or $15.00 per test if you are eligible for free/reduced lunch or meet other state criteria. Please see your RHS counselor in advance of registering if you are seeking this fee reduction.

Registration will take place before school in the Book Room on March 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, or in the Career Center during lunches on March 8th, 9th &  12th-15th.