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CSA End of the Year Event

Mark your calendars for the CSA’s end of the year banquet on Thursday, May 18th from 5:30-8pm. The evening will include showcasing student work, giving student awards, awarding completion certificates for our Masters and 2Year Program students and welcoming new CSA families. Be on the lookout for an invitation and RSVP request in early May!

Job Shadow Program

In early March, CSA students engaged in a one day Job Shadow program and got a first hand look at the “real world” of computer science. What an amazing opportunity! Thank you to the following companies and all of their CS and engineering professionals for hosting our students: Appfolio, Deckers, FastSpring, Karl Storz, Novacoast, Procore, and QAD.


January’s Silicon Valley Field Trip

In a whirlwind 3 day tour, 20 CSA students had the opportunity to participate in the Silicon Valley Field Trip accompanied by Mr. Johnston, Mr. Muhl and 4 parent chaperones.  These students visited TechShop San Jose where they heard presentations from 3 companies: ZeeMee, Think Big Analytics, and Next Issue Media. They had incredible onsite tours at Lockheed Martin and Asurion. Each industry professional gave the students insight into what it’s like to work as a software programmer or engineer. They also talked about their educational backgrounds, their career paths and what it takes to succeed in the industry. Here are some great quotes from them:

“Find great mentors!”

“You must have this mindset: how can I learn stuff I don’t know?”

“Don’t let anyone, especially yourself, tell you that you can’t do something.”

“Connections are important; meet people everywhere you go. This will help you when you go to find your next job.”

“If you choose not to be challenged, you will not be challenged!”

Very inspiring! In addition, the students had 2 informative college tours of the computer science departments of CalPoly SLO and Stanford. They heard about the highlights and the challenges of studying CS in college and how to make the most of that experience. For added entertainment (and to fill every waking hour!), the students visited the Computer History Museum in Mountain View and saw an improv show at ComedySportz. For our junior and senior students, this trip definitely helped guide their college and career interests and build their enthusiasm for the field of computer science!


Santa Barbara High School computer science students spent all day on Saturday, April 9th competing in the CS Academy’s inaugural Hackathon. They teamed up to design and create their own coding projects with the help of mentors from the local tech industry. Follow the Noozhawk link below to find out more!

CSA Student Receives National CS Award

Congratulations to SBHS junior and CSAcademy student, Leah Makler! She was selected as a 2017 National Honorable Mention recipient of the NCWIT’s Award for Aspirations in Computing. Aspirations in Computing, an initiative of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) is the only national level talent development program for young women in computing and information technology. Leah is among only 350 National Honorable Mention Award recipients in the nation. SBHS and the Computer Science Academy congratulate her on her accomplishment!

Industry Professionals Visit CSA Mobile Programming Class!

On January 4th, Dr. Bryce Boe and Sébastien Cuendet, Senior Software Engineers from Appfolio visited the CSA’s Mobile Programming class. After teaching Python programming basics, they challenged the students to work together to solve online puzzles at This experience not only broadened the students’ exposure to Python and Regular Expressions, but it also encouraged critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork. Dr. Boe plans to visit Mr. Muhl’s class on a monthly basis to continue challenging and inspiring our students!

October Pizza Lunch and Speaker Program features: Paul Berberian from Sphero 

In October, our computer science students have the opportunity to meet Paul Berberian from Sphero.  Sphero is the company that created the app-enabled BB-8 Star Wars toy which sold out on its first day. In 2010, it was just a start-up company. In 2011, its connected play robots hit the shelves. By 2015, it was invited to participate in the Disney Accelerator Program and it sold over one million Sphero robots. For more information, visit or ask a CS student who attended!

Spreading some holiday cheer…

Students in Paul Muhl’s AP Computer Science Class participated in CALM’s Adopt-A-Family Program. The class was “matched” with a local family, and the students bought gifts from that family’s wish list. These gifts will be distributed by CALM and will undoubtedly make one family’s holiday season a little brighter!


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