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  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2013 Opens with Larger Prizes

    Last week Microsoft announced the opening of the 2013 Imagine Cup . This year there are thee competition and three challenges for students to enter. The prizes are larger as well with a top prize for each of the three competition being $50,000 (USD) and each of the challenges having a top prize of $10...
  • Blog Post: dream.build.play reminder

    The dream.build.play challenge is still wide open for people looking to take their Windows Phone or Xbox 360 game to the next level and win some big prizes. Create a Game & Bring Your Ideas to Life It’s time for the Dream.Build.Play Challenge! Open to anyone over age 14, the...
  • Blog Post: 2012 US Imagine Cup People’s Choice Voting

    The voting is now open for the US Imagine Cup People’s Choice award . You can visit the web site on Facebook and view profiles of the 22 teams who are attending the US Finals and select your favorite. All the teams are great and or course made their way through a rigorous selection process. We...
  • Blog Post: Why Universities Should Host High School Programming Contests

    I finished up last week with a trip to Western New England University where they were running a high school programming contest. I love these events because I think they have real value for the students and the teachers who bring them. For the students the values start with seeing that they are not alone...
  • Blog Post: Wouldn’t It Be Cool If…

    Interesting new student competition from Time Warner Cable (TWC). As part of Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), the company’s five-year, $100 million commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, TWC has launched Wouldn’t It Be Cool If …. This new STEM ideation...
  • Blog Post: Next Round Of Imagine Cup Deadlines Coming Up

    The Imagine Cup series of competitions has a new round of deadlines coming up over the next two weeks. The good news is that the barriers to entry in most of these is low enough that students still have time to get their act together and enter. The Kinect Fun Labs Challenge and the Windows Metro Style...
  • Blog Post: National STEM Video Game Challenge TweetChat

    The National STEM Video Game challenge kicked off a couple of months ago but it starting to come down to the wire. IF you missed the spring deadline for the Imagine Cup you can still enter this event though. Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign , President Obama’s initiative to promote...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Bliink 2012 Illinois Web Design Competition

    Registration for the Microsoft Bliink 2012 Illinois Web Design Competition is now open. Bliink ( http://bit.ly/Bliink ) is open to Illinois students ages 13-19 participating in teams of two to four. This year’s competition is co-sponsored by Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois Technology Association...
  • Blog Post: The Rock Paper Azure Challenge is back

    The Rock Paper Azure Challenge is back and you could win big! Play Rock, Paper, Scissors in the cloud for your chance to win a trip to Cancun, an Acer Aspire S3 Laptop, a Windows Phone, or an XBOX 360/Kinect bundle! Entering is simple – create a player bot (sample code provided) and enter it...
  • Blog Post: Big App On Campus

    Microsoft announced a Windows Phone development contest for college/university students in the US (sorry about both the US only and the 18+ only – I’m just the messenger)  The full details with contest rules and other stuff may be found at  Do You Have What it Takes to be the Big App on Campus...
  • Blog Post: Be The Robot

    One of the issues with computer science is that some people would rather move atoms than pixels. That is to say that virtual objects, even if they involve images on a screen, are less compelling to some than physical objects doing actual work in the real world. Robots have long been involved in the connection...
  • Blog Post: Robotics @ Home Competition

    The Micro soft Robotics team has released a new software stack for controlling robots  – RDS4 Beta . There are a couple of very exciting new additions in this beta: Uses Kinect for the eyes A new reference design for consumer robots – write code once, run it on any robot. You can see a lot more...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2012–Changing The World For The Better

    Solving the world’s great problems! Changing the world for the better. Giving students projects that not only allow them to show what they know but do something good for the world. All of these are part and parcel of the Imagine Cup. The US Imagine Cup website is updated and ready for the 2012 season...
  • Blog Post: What is an app?

    In the Mobile Game Design and Mobile App Design categories of the NFTE World Series of Innovation students are asked to design an app or a game for a mobile device such as an Windows Phone. But what do an “app” mean in that context? The meaning of words changes over time. I hear that the...
  • Blog Post: NFTE World Series of Innovation

    Innovation! What is is and how can we teach it to children? Big questions today as many of us believe that innovation in many forms is absolutely critical to success in these “interesting” times. Anyone who has spent any time with children (of any age) knows that they are creative and out of the box...
  • Blog Post: ACSL International Contest About to Begin

    Interested in programming competitions for your students but travel is not in the budget? You may want to look into the ACSL contests. This announcement came via by the CSTA member listserv. The American Computer Science League opens registration for this year's contest September 1st. ACSL is An...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phones for Students

    OK so you are a student and you are wondering what to do over the summer. Perhaps you have a job but maybe it is not fulfilling. And besides wouldn’t it be cool to write some great code and win a new Windows Phone for your efforts. Right? Well the Windows Phone team has a contest just for you. They are...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup WorldWide Game Competition Finalists 2011

    Andrew Parsons is the Game Capitan for the Worldwide Imagine Cup Game competition. This gives him a good close look at the competitors especially the finalists. This week he has posted summaries of the finalists in the three competition fields. Imagine Cup Web Games Imagine Cup Mobile Games...
  • Blog Post: Computer Science As Competitive Sport

    I was reading Stacey Armstrong's blog this morning. He was writing about the end of the Texas CS Competition season . Yep, in Texas there is a Computer Science competition season. Who knew! Here in New England where I live there isn’t a season. There are some computer science, ok, let’s call...
  • Blog Post: Kodu Cup Submission Deadline is May 10th 2011

    Just a reminder that the submission deadline for the Microsoft Kodu Cup is next week on May 10th, 2011. There is still time to create a new game with Kodu and you could win $5,000 for yourself and your school and lots of great technology! But get cracking! The Kodu Cup is a game design competition for...
  • Blog Post: Champions for The US Imagine Cup 2011

    We just announced the winners in the US Imagine Cup for game development and software design. The winning software design team will be representing the United States in the World-wide Imagine Cup Finals this summer in New York City. The teams in order are: Game Design –Windows/XBOX (XNA): ...
  • Blog Post: Final US Imagine Cup Teams Announced - 2011

    After a trip to Seattle (space needle, Pike Place Market, etc.) last night the US Imagine Cup teams started today at the Microsoft store in down town Bellevue WA. There they had breakfast, tried out a lot of cool hardware (I saw the tablet PC is really want) and had a chance to play a new Kinect game...
  • Blog Post: After The APCS Exam

    The Advanced Placement Computer Science exam is just about a month away. While for most schools this is far from the end of the school year for many AP students it feels like they should be done. After all what more to an AP course is there than taking the exam? This means that teachers often struggle...
  • Blog Post: Rock Paper Scissors Takes To The Cloud

    Rock Paper Scissors is a fun little project I have talked about before (most recently at Heuristics–Programs that Learn ) The real fun comes in pitting your program against the programs written by others. Rock Paper Azure is a cloud based programming event where you can compete for prizes. Oh and for...
  • Blog Post: US Imagine Cup People’s Choice Awards

    The Imagine Cup is the premier student technology competition in he world. Yeah, I get excited about it. The US finalists in the Software Design Invitational and the Game Design competition (two categories there) and been selected and are making their plans to attend the finals in Redmond Washington...
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