Tuesday, April 11, 2017

LHS Students Attend "Hackathon" To Teach African-American Girls Coding

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) hosted its first ID 8 Hackathon competition Friday and Saturday to teach African-American high school girls computer coding. Twelve teams of three or four students learned to code and build a mobile app focused on utilizing social media in a positive way, and presented their finished product to judges on Saturday. USM decided that we wanted to do a hackathon, and serve high school students in the region," "There's a tremendous shortage of girls in STEM and African American girls specifically."This will be a fun opportunity to explore something new and see if this is a field they want to go into."said Julie Cwikla, director of Creativity and Innovation in STEM at USM. "

Participants also heard from inspirational speakers such as Sheena Allen of Sheena Allen Apps, Mary
Moore, founder of S.T.E.M. Discoveries and Southern Miss President, Rodney Bennett. Louisville High School students in attendance for the hackathon included Sadiyah Matthews, Ericka Miller, Alexandria Love, Tyianna Foster, Shakindra Hunt, Ji'maia Jackson, and STEM instructor, Kristi Jernigan.