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April 9, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Like to code or want to learn? Events offer help for students

Attention high-school and middle-school students who like to code or want to learn how: Two upcoming events are designed for you.

For coding-newbies as well as those with some experience: On Friday, May 23, Rainier Beach High will host an all-day app session where students can learn how to create applications and games on cell phones, iPads, laptops — whatever devices they bring. Workshops and assistance will be provided by Rainier Beach teachers, University of Washington computer science students and engineers from the UW and Microsoft.

Even students who have never programmed before can end up with an app at the end of the day, and many did so last year. Geekwire called last year’s event a “geeky field trip that helped expose kids to the world of computer programming.”

The event also will feature a DJ, dance competition and raffle giveaways. At the end of the day, participants will be invited to show off their new apps.

Last year, 500 students from 17 schools participated. This year, signups are limited to the first 700. The sign-up deadline is May 19.  Go here for more info.

Students in grades 6-12 can also participate in the first-ever Youth Apps Challenge, a statewide competition.

Teams of up to five students are invited to submit ideas for a mobile or web-based application. Teams (or individual students) can present their idea and design or, in the “technical” category, a fully functional application with source code.

The deadline is May 16.

The competition will be judged by software experts. Prizes include tablets and visits to local technology companies.

The non-profit Technology Alliance, the event’s sponsor, says it has curriculum and other resources to help teams and their teachers.

For more information, contact Karen Manuel at Karen@technology-alliance.com or 206-389-7243. More information about the event can be found here.

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