The Seattle Maker Faire is this weekend, Saturday & Sunday at the Seattle Center, 10am – 5pm in the NorthWest rooms.
Tickets are required, but I might be able to score us some free passes; stay tuned for that news. There are periodic demonstrations and a host of booths & exhibits to get ideas and inspiration for your own Do It Yourself projects. Come to Get Inspired! Then go home and build it yourself!
Also at the Seattle Center on Saturday (only)!
While you are at Seattle Center Saturday, you can also check out a bunch of Robots at Robothon 2012 at the Center House (also 10am-5pm, Saturday only). And if you are into Game Design, you might want to consider iFest 2012 on Saturday (9:30pm – 6pm), which requires pre-registration. It will be a great day to be at the Seattle Center!
For those of you going on the field trip to Google tomorrow, here is some info:
- Attend your 1st period class. Meet in room 319 at the beginning of 2nd period.
- We’ll be back during 5th period, so you’ll attend your 6th period class.
- Dress is casual but neat — look decent; you’re representing RHS.
- Transportation is by bus and lunch is provided by Google. You don’t need any cash for the trip.
There will be a tour, a tech talk, and a panel discussion with some Google engineers about their careers and education. To give us all an idea of what you are curious about working at Google, please go to this site and post any questions you have for the Google folks:
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 Amazon.com 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.
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There will be a screening of the film “Undefeated,” winner of the 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary and directed by RHS alumnus TJ Martin, at Roosevelt HS on Monday evening, April 2.
See the flyer above for details. Ticket information will be announced this week.
This week, the RHS Robotics Team (The “RoboRiders”) will proudly make their rookie appearance at the Seattle Cascade Regional finals of the FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) — usfirst.org — is an international program with the mission to
inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
This organization, with recognition from everyone from President Obama to will.i.am, sponsors robotics competitions for kids from ages 6-18 in what its founder Dean Kamen calls the “Olympics of the Mind.” Using the model of sports in popular culture, Dean wants to “transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.” Winners qualify for about $14 million in available college scholarships.
Our RoughRider roboticists have been doing wonderful work the past two months on this project. Their robot is designed to play basketball, gathering and shooting foam balls on a special court, in competition and cooperation with 95 other robot teams. Robots, designed and built by the students, are motorized and controlled remotely by custom hardware and software. It’s pretty amazing engineering stuff, all things considered.
Coaches Davidson, Ruff, and Judson Miller would like to invite you all to come see the competition. It’s free, open to the public, and hugely exciting and energetic. The team would love to have your support there, at the CenturyLink (formerly Qwest) Event Center. Saturday morning from 9-12 is the best time to see the action.
Hope to see you there!