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Lancaster ISD to Host First Code2Create Hackathon Challenge

To increase student interest and involvement in STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics), Lancaster ISD is hosting a Code2Create Hackathon Challenge. The coding competition is Thursday, December 9, 2021, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Lancaster Middle School. 

During the event, students will compete in the coding challenge by creating and developing a micro:bit project. The development of the micro:bit will assist students with developing problem solving skills while working on a project that demonstrates WEBO pride. A micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that teaches kids how hardware and software work together.

“We’re taking Lancaster STEAM (L-STEAM) to higher heights and our goal is to create events that expose our students to all aspects of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math,” said LaTasha Murry, STEM Lead and Secondary Math Content Coordinator. 

The challenge will require students to be split into teams for the competition:

  • One K-2 team from each elementary campus,
  • One team from each Grade 3-5 from each elementary campus,
  • One team from each house at George Washington Carver (4 total),
  • And six teams from LMS

Each team will consist of three to six students and they will use micro:bits for the coding. Lancaster High School students are not part of the competition but will be involved in support roles. 

The teams will present their final creations during the Hackathon. Judging will be a combination of celebrity and mystery judges from the school district and Lancaster community. At the end of the evening, judges will be revealed and the winners will be announced.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience coding at the Tiger Coding iCafe, located at Lancaster Middle School. There will be different activity stations set up for students and event attendees to work with. For more information about the Code2Create Hackathon Challenge, please contact LaTasha Murry via email at Latashamurry1@lancasterisd.org. 

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