Bringing computer science to life

TEALS Computer Science Fairs give students a deeper perspective on computer science that builds on their classroom experiences.

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Washington Computer Science Fair

The TEALS Computer Science Fair is a capstone event for students in TEALS classes. Students can learn about CS career paths and get hands-on with presentations, demos, and activities.

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The CS Fair will run from 9 AM to 1 PM on December 16, 2019. Check back soon for more details!

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:

 

Companies

  • Google
  • Institute for Systems Biology
  • Microsoft Hololens
  • Microsoft MakeCode
  • Microsoft – Minecraft: Education Edition
  • Nintendo Technology Development
  • Port of Seattle
  • Tableau
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Xbox

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


Students arrive at a CS fair on a yellow school bus.

Students arrive at a CS fair on a yellow school bus.

For schools

This event is open to Washington high schools with an active TEALS partnership and is fully funded by Microsoft Philanthropies. The activities and lunch will be covered for all attending guests; however, classroom teachers must coordinate logistics and details for the field trip with their school administrators (e.g. transportation, permission slips, chaperones, etc.).

Deadlines

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)

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  • 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.

Get directions

Location

Microsoft Conference Center (Building 33) 16070 NE 36th Way Redmond, WA 98052
Directions using Bing Maps

Parking instructions

Parking is available under the building. Student drop-off begins at 8:30 AM.


An adult helps a student put on VR goggles.

An adult helps a student put on VR goggles.

For exhibitors

Are you part of a company, university, or organization interested in hosting a booth at this year’s upcoming fair? Please contact us—we would love to hear from you!

Deadlines

November 6     Submission deadline for booth proposals

November 15   Booth information and personnel surveys deadline for accepted proposals

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  • 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)


Get involved

Share information on upcoming computer science fairs in your region, volunteer to host a booth or breakout session, or simply contact us with your ideas. We want to hear from you!

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