On a chilly Saturday last December, a group of Grade 7 and 8 students gathered in the Hawkins Dining Room for a day unlike any they’d experienced before.
For the next eight consecutive hours, teams of two to three students poured their imagination and problem-solving wherewithal into designing their own computer games from scratch. The programming contest, aptly named the Hackergal Hackathon, now in its second year, was a much-anticipated initiative that aims to give computer programming more emphasis within the Havergal education.
“Our students are really eager to learn,” says Kyle Cardinale, Mathematics & Technological Education teacher and organizer of the event. “There was no prior knowledge of coding required—all they had to bring was their creativity.”