Computer Science Fairs
Ready to learn more about what computer science looks like in college and beyond? TEALS partners with Computer Science Fairs around the country for high school CS students.
Bringing computer science to life
TEALS Computer Science Fairs give students a deeper perspective on computer science that builds on their classroom experiences.
Hear from students themselves about the knowledge, inspiration, and hands-on experiences they gained from a TEALS computer science fair.
Breakouts that dig deeper
Breakout sessions allow students to explore and gain insight on current and future computer science topics and pathways – from coding games to prepping for a career in CS.
CS pros interact with students
Entrepreneurs, engineers, and academics in CS fields have the chance to showcase opportunities and have face-to-face interaction with students. If you’re interested in hosting a booth at a future CS fair, please contact us.
The CS Fair will run from 9 AM to 1 PM on December 16, 2019.
The CS Fair offers students a variety of breakout sessions depending on their interests. Past sessions include:
- Summer Opportunities for High School CS Students
- Learn About College CS Programs
- Careers in CS: Software Engineers and Beyond
- Code Your Own Video Game with MakeCode Arcade
- Find Your Soulmate with Micro:bit – Embedded Systems Programming
Representatives from across the computer science community will showcase university CS programs, companies and products. Past exhibitors include:
- Institute for Systems Biology
- Microsoft Hololens
- Microsoft MakeCode
- Microsoft – Minecraft: Education Edition
- Nintendo Technology Development
- Port of Seattle
- The Walt Disney Company
Colleges and Universities
- Bellevue College
- Central Washington University
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Eastern Washington University
- Green River College
- Lake Washington Institute of Technology
- North Seattle College
- Pacific Lutheran University
- Seattle University
- University of Washington
- Western Washington University
November 1 School registration deadline
November 15 Rosters of students and chaperones must be submitted by this date
November 15 Deadline to sign and submit Microsoft media release forms (required for all attendees)
- Coordinate logistics and details for the field trip with their school administrators (e.g. transportation, permission slips, etc.)
- Recruit and bring adult chaperones to the event (we recommend at least 1 chaperone for every 15 students)
- Attend the remote chaperone pre-meeting (required for teachers)
- Register school by November 1st deadline (limit of 50 students per school – see Waitlist Information below)
- Submit complete rosters consisting of all names of students and chaperones attending by the November 15th deadline
- Submit signed media release forms for all attending by the November 15th deadline
- Inform and ensure students remain at the Microsoft Conference Center during the event
- Check in with your students throughout the day of the event and be on call to handle any emergencies or disciplinary issues
- Attend the remote chaperone pre-meeting
- Ensure that students remain at the Microsoft Conference Center during the event, and be aware of student whereabouts at all times
- Be ready for a fun-filled day and prepared to learn from some amazing people!
- Share photos and your favorite parts of the event on social media using #TEALSCSFair
Attending this event is a privilege; all attendees are expected to dress and behave appropriately. This is a public space --please be respectful to others.
Each school is limited to registering 50 students. Students from TEALS partner schools who are taking or will take a Computer Science class during the 2019/20 school year are eligible to attend the WA TEALS CS Fair. Please prioritize students who have not yet attended a TEALS CS Fair and are currently enrolled in a TEALS-supported CS class. If you have student interest greater than 50 students, you may add the additional students to the waitlist. We will admit students from the waitlist based on space availability in the order that the students are registered.
Microsoft Conference Center (Building 33) 16070 NE 36th Way Redmond, WA 98052
Directions using Bing Maps
Parking is available under the building. Student drop-off begins at 8:30 AM. Buses may not park on the Microsoft campus. For cars and small vans, you can find a parking lot under Building 33. Maximum height for the underground parking garage is 7 ft. Parking is limited so we recommend that you carpool.
November 6 Submission deadline for booth proposals
November 15 Booth information and personnel surveys deadline for accepted proposals
- Include some display or activity that relates to CS
At least some presenters at each booth must have a CS background
Colleges and Universities are encouraged to bring current CS students
- Select presenters with great person-to-person and presentation skills
- Provide physical objects students can interact with
- Consider CS Unplugged activities
- Bring lots of swag!
- Host CS-related puzzles, challenges, or games
- Demo cool devices
- Display visualizations of relevant data or research
- Showcase products/brands/experiences that students will recognize or relate with
- Post about your booth on social media using #TEALSCSFair before the event
- Share photos on social media using #TEALSCSFair during the event
- Students will be free to move around and choose what to attend.
- Students will be encouraged to ask questions; this is their opportunity to learn and explore extracurricular, college, and career opportunities in computer science. We highly encourage you to talk to the students about how you got to your current position, what you studied in college, how you chose this career path, etc.
- Students will be given a bag at check-in so they can collect swag and handouts.
- 7:00 AM – 8:45 AM – Booth set-up
- 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Event time (including lunch)