@linda/Daniel I like the idea of a contest for sw skills. perhaps something that puts some workshops first and then culminates in the competition. Maybe developing a db based website for a resturaunt/culinary school.
wrt robotics - I'm looking into having some more workshops over the summer on robotics, cad, etc aimed at high school kids. One part goal is to give them something to do, another is to help re-build the robotics teams which graduated many of their most active members.