Bay Area Computer Science Fair 2017



  • When: Friday, March 10th, 2017 9:00AM-1:30PM
  • Where: Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco
  • What: Field Trip for more than 800 high school students from around the Bay area who have been learning computer science (CS) as a result of participation in the TEALS program.
  • Purpose: The TEALS Student Field Trip is a capstone event for computer science students in TEALS classes. The goal is to provide a venue for students to learn more about the varied and exciting college and career paths in computer science. There will be presentations, demos and activities. Ultimately, we aim to motivate students to pursue the CS pathway.
  • IMPORTANT: Everyone in attendance must sign the Microsoft photo release form. Students and chaperones must return signed forms by February 10th, 2017. Students or chaperones who do not sign this form cannot attend.

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  • 8:00 – 8:45am – Booth set up
  • 8:45 – 9:30 am – Students Arrive
  • 9:00 – 12:15pm – Students visit booths, panels, and workshops
  • 12:15 – 1:15pm – Lunch
  • 1:15- 1:30pm – Closing

The Panels and Workshops

We currently plan to have four 40 minute panels, each panel repeating twice. Workshops vary in format and length, but will run roughly the same timeframe as panels.

  • CS at higher education: admissions, the CS undergrad experience, and any general tips and tricks that might benefit high school students thinking about college.
  • Traditional CS Careers: a discussion about what it’s like to work as a software engineer at a large or small software company,
  • Non-traditional CS careers: a discussion about what it’s like to use a background in computer science in a job that students might not be aware of as an option (e.g. data analytics, hardware, etc).
  • High School Internships: a discussion about what to expect from a high school CS internships and how these high school students can go about learning more.
  • LinkedIn: Learn all about professional social networking. This session will discuss profiles, building a network with people you know, connecting classroom experience with industry, and researching universities.
  • The Garage: The Garage is a Microsoft Maker Space and will be hosting a workshop with the micro:bit, providing opportunity to play with this piece of hardware and program it with software.
  • Mini CodeDay: Students pitch ideas for projects and then teams of students work on them.
  • Hands-on Pixel Workshop: In this workshop you will identify a hidden image represented by a collection of individual and unsorted pixels. You will learn how to use a histogram of counts and apply a normalization technique to classify your pixels and “resolve” it into an image.

The Booths

Booth representatives come from across the computer science community to showcase university CS programs, companies, product(s), and organizations. Currently confirmed booths include Carnegie Mellon University, CodeHS, Etsy, Google, Hacker Fund, HERE, Meyer Sound Laboratories Inc., Microsoft Device Bar, Mission Bit, Skyline Community College, Twitter, University of California (Berkeley), YouTube, Zillow.

Information for Schools:

Bus pick-up and drop-off

  • Buses can park for loading and unloading along Owen’s Street, just outside the main entrance for the building, 1675 Owens Street.
  • Buses cannot park on the street for longer than it takes to load and unload students.
  • School classroom teachers and chaperones are responsible to account for all students getting back to school safely.


  • TEALS will provide lunch for all students, chaperones, and volunteer participants.
  • There will be vegetarian and vegan options.
  • If you have a student with allergies or dietary restrictions, contact Rachel Brown to make accommodations.


  • Everyone in attendance must sign the Microsoft photo release form. Chaperones and students must sign and return these forms – at latest – a week prior to the event. Students or chaperones who do not sign this form cannot attend.
  • We will have pre-printed badges for everyone. Each school is responsible to provide – at latest – a week prior to the event a complete list of students and chaperones (first and last name) who will attend.
  • Schools are responsible to clear field trip participation with parents (permission slips, etc.) and arrange transportation (Do not drop off students any earlier than 8:45AM).
  • All students must stay on the Conference Center premises for the duration of the visit. Chaperones and teachers must inform students of this requirement, and be aware of student whereabouts at all times.
  • Being a part of this event is a privilege; all students are expected to dress and behave appropriately. Be aware that this is a public space and please be respectful to other patrons. Teachers and students are strongly encouraged to wear your TEALS t-shirts to show your school pride!
  • It is our hope that students will show up enthusiastic about this opportunity to learn from some amazing people!

Driving Directions:

Mission Bay Conference Center


1675 Owens Street, San Francisco CA, 94143-3008

Public Transit

Disembark at the 16th Street Mission BART station. Pick up the UCSF Shuttle – Red Line at the NE corner of the intersection. Shuttles run every 15 minutes, Monday through Friday, to 4th Street, in front of the UCSF Mission Bay Campus.

T-Third Metro Line picks up at the 4th and King Street Caltrain Station and the Embarcadero BART station. Stop: UCSF Mission Bay Station on 3rd Street opposite the campus.