Franklin University, AT&T* and central Ohio area high school students will conclude the CBusStudentHack Coding for Community: Health and Wellness – a 12-week computer programming contest – on Friday, Dec. 11.
Throughout the last several weeks students learned how to navigate and create apps using Microsoft Touch Develop. The apps must be focused on improving health and wellness and will be judged on software quality, the potential impact on the central Ohio region, execution and creativity.
A team of central Ohio area leaders will judge the students’ work, and winners will be announced at the finale on Dec. 11. The judges are from the following central Ohio organizations: AT&T, Basecraft, Choose Ohio First/Ohio Board of Regents, Code.org, Connect Ohio, Franklin University, Microsoft, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio Health, Past Foundation, and Rev 1 Ventures.
The CBusStudentHack engaged various central Ohio high school students who learned 21st century skills via computer science education, prepared for college and career readiness, solved real world problems and opened the doors of opportunity and creativity. Teams of 2 to 4 students participated in the CBusStudentHack from the following central Ohio high schools: Gahanna Lincoln, Marburn Academy, Metro Early College, Metro Institute of Technology, Reynoldsburg Encore Academy, Reynoldsburg eSTEM Academy, Upper Arlington and Whetstone.
Students will meet on Dec. 11 at Franklin University to wrap up the CBusStudentHack and will have the opportunity to present their project ideas, hear from the panel of community judges and learn about “Coding for Life” from Jenna Garcia, District Manager for Code.org.
“AT&T's commitment to technology innovation and high school students in central Ohio grows out of our company's $1.6 billion investment in our wireless and wireline networks between 2012 and 2014,” said Adam Grzybicki, President, AT&T Ohio. “By encouraging students in Columbus to learn to code and explore mobile app development we are spotlighting the enormous demand for developers and engineers needed to create the software that will drive our mobile economy.”
“Universities and companies need to partner to introduce non-traditional methods to stimulate interest and talent in tech fields,” said Christopher Washington, Provost and Senior Vice President, Franklin University. “The CBusStudentHack is one way that AT&T and Franklin are working together to promote computer science education, prepare high school students for college and careers, and enable them to express their creativity. Participants have worked on creative health and wellness app development projects as diverse as improving blood drives, helping people deal with anxiety and stress in a more positive way, identifying allergens in food products, and inspiring families and kids to eat vegetables."
To learn more about the CBusStudentHack visit http://cbusstudenthack.org/ and to continue the conversation on social media please use the hashtag #CBusStudentHack.
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