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Group learning: Students learn how to build their own websites at a Hack-a-Thon held at the college on July 12.
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Learning one tech at a time.

More than 36 students learned how to put their computer science skills to the test at a day-long Hack-a-Thon at Medgar Evers College on July 12. The youngins got to practice building, creating, and do the coding of their own websites, and by the end of the event some left with newfound knowledge and a web page, said one student.

“It was fun to learn some new stuff and then get the chance to make my own website,” said Kaidyan Harris, a 14-year–old student, who designed his own site after basketball player Russell Westbook.

The event brought together students between the ages of 11-18 from various schools for a chance to get to practice some web-building from the experts.

They were urged to draw inspiration from their personalities and hobbies, and most of the kids incorporating them into their sites, said teacher of the event.

“I encouraged the students to make their websites reflections of their unique selves and their interests,” Carey Tan, executive director of CodeEd. “Many of them included fashion, music, basketball, video games, and anime.”

Other teens already equipped with some understanding of computer programming were just pleased to participate in the event.

“I like to code because it makes me happy,” said Amanuel Williams, 13-year-old student.

The Hack-a-Thon was organized by the college as part of their Pipeline Program, a comprehensive strategy promoting educational opportunities and important career-building skills. And the day was a chance to provide children in underserved communities with access to it.

Tan adds that her organization holds these workshops to stimulate young interest in computer technology and allow them to use their imaginations.

“We go into schools and after-school programs to provide free and fun computer science experiences,” said Carey Tan, the executive director of CodeEd. “It’s a real exercise in creativity and self-expression.”

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimon@cnglocal.com.
Updated 3:05 am, July 10, 2018
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