If you are part of a company, university, or organization hosting a booth at the fair, thank you for helping to prepare the next generation of computer scientists and technologists! This page contains further details and important information for you. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Penney or Rachel Brown. 

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The Students

We currently have over 800 high school students from 16 schools across the Bay Area RSVPd.  Unfortunately not all TEALS Bay Area schools will be able to attend, but here are the districts that will be sending students:
School Districts Represented

  • Oakland Unified School District
  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • South San Francisco Unified School District
  • San Mateo Union High School District
  • Mountain View -Los Altos Union High School District
  • Sequoia Union High School District
  • San Jose Unified School District

Student Engagement

  • Students will be free to move around and choose what to attend.
  • Students will have been encouraged to ask questions; this is their opportunity to learn and explore career opportunities in Computer Science.  We highly encourage you to talk to the students about how you got to your current position, what you studied in college, how you chose this career path, etc.
  • Students will be given a bag at check-in so they can collect swag and handouts.
  • QR code: We are implementing a QR code based application that will allow booths to track students they’ve interacted with. Students who meet certain minimums for visiting booths/panels/etc will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a grand prize.


The Booths

To create an exciting fair environment and a memorable experience for the students, the booths at the CS Fair should be optimized for engagement. CS Fair booths should showcase:

  1. immediate opportunities like after school or summer programs,
  2. near-term opportunities like college or other post-secondary programs, or
  3. future opportunities like career paths.

Booth Requirements

  •  At least some of the presenters at the booth must have a CS background.  Colleges/Universities are encouraged to bring current CS students.
  • The booth must include some sort of exhibit or activity that relates to CS (i.e. the booth can’t only feature a description of the company’s products and services, and/or distributing swag and flyers)

Suggestions for creating an engaging booth

  • Presenters with great person-to-person and presentational skills
  • Physical objects that students can play with
  • CS Unplugged activities
  • Swag
  • Puzzles, challenges, or games for students to complete
  • Demos of cool devices
  • Visualizations of relevant data or research
  • Products/brands/experiences that students will recognize or relate with

Booth Setup

  • At least one booth representative must be present by 8:45am.
  • You are responsible for transporting your own materials to the event.
  • You will have one table (6’x2.5′) and two chairs unless you requested more than one table.
  • You will have power and wifi
  • You are highly encouraged to bring signs, banners, or monitors (with video or demos).  This enables students to quickly recognize what your organization does.
  • You are also encouraged to bring swag and handouts. Each item must be less than $500.  If you are planning a grand prize give-away, please email Lauren or Rachel directly to discuss.
  • If you are from a College/University, bring undergrad/grad CS student(s) as well as admissions information and details about the CS opportunities (coursework, research, etc).
  • QR code engagement application: each booth will have the ability to check in students to their booth using a website application developed by a TEALS volunteer in NYC.  Each student will have a badge with a QR code, and if you scan this it will be catalogued.  Scan students’ QR code for visiting your booth if they have a meaningful interaction with you – i.e. you believe they’ve listened and processed what you presented, or they engaged in relevant conversation with you.  More details about using this application will be available shortly.  You will be able to review the data after the event.
  • Companies may not use this event as a platform to distribute offers of employment, but may distribute information about internships and scholarship programs. It is our expectation that participating companies are doing so in a volunteer capacity with sole intention to inspire high school students to pursue college and career in computer science fields.

Presenter’s Agenda:

  • 8:00 – 8:45 am – Booth set up. At least one booth representative must be present by 8:45 am. You are responsible for transporting your own materials to the event. The venue is walking distance from several forms of public transportation (KT Muni, Caltrain) and paid parking is available in a garage across the street.
  • 9:00 – 12:15 pm – Students visit booths and panels. During this time students are free to move between panels (40 minutes each), booths, and interactive sessions.
  • 12:15 – 1:15 pm – Lunch. We will have lunch available for you. Please let Rachel Brown know if you would like a vegetarian or vegan meal. At 12:15 you are welcome to duck out and go to a nearby room or building, or get on your email for a while, but we’d love for you to stay and interact with the students.
  • 1:15- 1:30 pm – Closing At 1:00 you are welcome to pack up your booth and leave the event. If you’d like to stay for the closing speeches and raffle, feel free to join one of the auditoriums. By 3:00 pm, our event must be cleared out of the venue.