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Purdue CS Ed Week Programming Challenge 2017

Posted By Philip Sands, Friday, December 1, 2017
Updated: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Each year, Purdue University sponsors a programming challenge during CS Ed Week. While the purpose of CS Ed Week has become a way to raise awareness of computer science for those who have not previously had an opportunity to engage in coding activities, this challenge is for existing students that have found their way to a CS classroom.

Students should form groups of 2-4 members to attempt to solve as many of the three problems that they wish. Upon finishing, they should submit their solutions to their CS teachers, who can then forward them on to Phil Sands ( The solutions will be reviewed and graded by hand at Purdue, and one "best" solution will be selected for each problem among all this year's entries. Winning teams will receive some prizes from Purdue in January.

Attached is a flyer that contains all of this year's problems. Thanks for all that you do for your students, and wish them best of luck in this year's challenge from all of us at Purdue University!

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Tags:  9-12  Competitions  Programming 

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Invitation: Game Development Lecture - Nov 10 2017 - Ivy Tech Fort Wayne

Posted By Kristopher Roberts, Friday, October 20, 2017


Members of the CSTA, your students, colleagues, and friends are invited to an upcoming event.  As part of an ongoing Student Enrichment Lecture Series focused on students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), Ivy Tech Fort Wayne’s Information Technology Club has arranged to have two distinguished speakers address our students about game development and the game development industry:

  • Brianna Wu, and
  • Casey O’Donnell PhD.

This event will take place on November 10 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at the Coliseum Campus Auditorium (3800 North Anthony Boulevard, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805).

Brianna Wu is head of development at GSX, a Boston independent videogame studio. She will be giving a lecture on her experiences in Game Development and the Gaming Profession. Revolution 60 is the premiere game of Giant Spacekat, an iOS company founded by Brianna Wu and Amanda Stenquist Warner in 2010. Excited by the possibilities of iOS Unreal, and seeing the momentum in the industry shift to mobile, Brianna set out to found a company that would deliver highly narrative gaming experiences. Brianna will be describing her experiences in creating a game development studio, developing games, and the gaming industry.

Casey O’Donnell, PhD - Associate Professor at Michigan State University will also be speaking. Casey is in the Department of Media and Information. His research examines the creative collaborative work of videogame design and development. This research examines the cultural and collaborative dynamics that occur in both professional "AAA" organizations and formal and informal "independent" game development communities. The research has spanned game development companies from the United States to India. Dr. O’Donnell’s first book, "Developer's Dilemma" was published by MIT Press in 2014. He is an active game developer, releasing "Osy," in 2011, "Against the Gradient," in 2012 and "GLITcH" in 2013. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH)

This event is free and open to the public.

We hope you can join us. Please let us know your interest/availability. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to myself or Lucy La Hurreau ( 260.482.9171 x2548).

Tags:  Career Planning  Game Development  Lecture  Seminar  Student 

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Purdue Computer Science offers AP CS A MOOC through edX

Posted By Philip Sands, Monday, August 14, 2017

The Department of Computer Science at Purdue University is offering an online version of their first object-oriented programming course aimed at high school students. This course follows the Advanced Placement Computer Science A curriculum. Students will work through four six-week modules that run from September through April. The goal is to prepare all students for the AP CS A exam in May.

Last year, the course enrolled 10,000 students from 150 countries. This year, in addition to the free course open to students, Purdue would like to encourage educators to audit the course and join in a teacher cohort. This group will utilize the Piazza discussion forum in addition to the edX course materials to provide a private place to hold discussions regarding pedagogy and programming.

Interested participants can click the links below. After creating an edX account, users can join the course for free. Those that wish to be a part of the teacher cohort should e-mail Phil Sands (

Tags:  9-12  AP CS A  Java  Programming  Resources 

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Purdue Center for Science of Information offers online resource

Posted By Philip Sands, Wednesday, August 2, 2017

In the era of the zettabyte, with a rising deluge of data flow throughout our society, there has emerged a new field of study known as the science of information. I hope to interest you to think about curriculum that will raise awareness and aptitudes aiding students in moving from data to information to actionable knowledge.


The National Science Foundation project that I work with is seeking interest from high school teachers to use or adapt our materials, and/or create new classroom materials enabling students to learn about these information principles.


Our freely available video tutorials, seminars, and other content are available at our online Learning Hub:

Most of the content won’t be considered an appropriate level for high school in its current form, and this is the problem! We hope to create a module or series effectively introducing the science of information for high school students.


I welcome your interest, ideas, and involvement. We have some funding available to assist teachers to work with us in developing effective modules for high school students. Such 1-2 week modules would fit into math, computer science, or statistics classes. Please get in touch with me by email at



Brent T. Ladd, Director of Education, NSF Center for Science of Information

Computer Science Department, Purdue University

Tags:  Data Science  Resources 

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CoderDojo Indiana Hackathon

Posted By Philip Sands, Tuesday, July 18, 2017

TechPoint Foundation for Youth is hosting a free hackathon for students aged 7-17 on Saturday, July 22, 2017 in Indianapolis at DeveloperTown’s headquarters. The event will include a daylong series of activities, exhibits, and competitions in Scratch and Python.

The event will run from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and will include lunch for all registered participants. All skill levels are welcome, but those interested must register

Further questions can be directed to Courtney Lambert ( and more information can be found at:

Tags:  6-8  9-12  Competitions  Hackathon  Programming  Python  Scratch 

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