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High School Hack-A-Thon Fosters Interest in Computer Sciences

High School Hack-A-Thon Fosters Interest in Computer Sciences

More than 200 Longwood High School students recently participated in the Third Annual Hack-a-Thon, an innovative computer science programming event designed to spark students’ interest in computer programming.

Hosted by the Coding Club and the Mathematics Department, the event provides students with opportunities to write code using Scratch while completing unique coding challenges, solving challenging tasks, testing problem-solving skills, and understanding the importance of the iterative development process to solve complex problems in the real world. After learning basic coding, students worked in teams of two, writing up to 15 to 20 computer programs.

“The Hack-a-Thon provides students with new skills and tools needed for future career opportunities,” said math and computer science teacher Mr. Beecher. “It’s important for more students to get involved in computer science since nearly everything is computer science or computer-based. It’s amazing how many students are participating this year, whether advanced or beginner. Sixty-four percent are participating for the first time, and for 61%, it’s their first time coding.” 

At the end of the competition, students earned prizes donated by local businesses, including gift cards and apparel.

In addition to students from Longwood, North Shore, and Comsewogue High School, students participated in the event for the first time.