Shore Road Students Participate in Hackathon

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Shore Road School’s most advanced coders were among 15 Long Island middle school teams who participated in the annual Code Conquest Hackathon, held at Wellington C. Mepham High School on March 7. Sponsored by KidOYO, the Code Conquest Hackathon brings skill-based learning into a strategic game play format.
This year’s theme was Viking Conquest. Much like a game of Risk, the team had to use teamwork and synergy to claim the most territories on a map. Each territory had a coding challenge to be completed in order to claim the location. The students were tasked with creating projects that meet specific criteria using one of the coding languages including Hatch!/Scratch, Python, Java, Web Development or Sprite Editor. Teams could take over territories that have already been claimed by submitting their own project to compete with the existing project currently occupying the desired territory.
Although only sixth graders, the Shore Road team comprised of Brendan Chiu, Parshva Doshi, Jonathan Griffiths, Aaron Khan, Daniel Lin, Cade Randell and Ben Stone were prepared to compete against the older students, technology teacher Lauren Pedrone said. In addition to their advanced coding knowledge and expertise, the students used creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking in order to successfully complete the challenges and to take over territories, all components of the Bellmore School District’s science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics program.