On Friday, April 17th, 217 students in grades 5-7 participated in the first-ever Cornell Tech PS/IS 217 Hackathon. Our students worked with Cornell Tech graduate students on computer coding and software design.
See more photos on our website HERE and HERE.
Diane Levitt, Senior Director of K-12 Education at Cornell Tech reports: "[the students] used the learning platform Codesters to build digital games using the programming language Python, a language used by many websites and tech companies. The games they built were centered around themes related to the environment, in honor of Earth Day, April 22nd.
Our number one goal today was to have fun, and we hop all students enjoyed the event. We also wanted them to learn a little bit about how the digital world works. If your child is curious about computing and wants to learn more, here are some ideas:
- The Museum of Modern Image
- The Makery
- Two websites built by Google, www.cs-first.com/create andwww.madewithcode.com/projects
We owe a giant thank you to three organizations who helped make [this event] possible: the Codesters team, who worked many hours to create the framework for today's activities; Google, who loaned us the Chromebooks our students used today; and Verizon, who loaned us WiFi hotspots.
We also want to thank the 35 Cornell Tech graduate students who volunteered as mentors with your children today. They attended a three-hour class to prepare for our hackathon, and spent time learning the Codesters platform so they could support the event.
Finally, I want to thank [217 Principal] Mrs. Beckman and her team for welcoming us, and doing so much preparation to make today a success. At Cornell Tech we're looking forward to working with PS/IS 217 to create many opportunities for students to learn more about technology and computing."