Coding for a Cause

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On Saturday, December 2, St. Luke’s hosted Coding for a Cause in the Fireplace Common. The event was run by Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr., a nonprofit organization that empowers students to use technology to positively impact the challenges facing local nonprofits in their communities.

This one-day hackathon was open to students in grades 4-8 who were paired with student mentors - six of whom hailed from the Hilltop. Each group helped develop prototype smartphone apps for local nonprofit organizations such as Kids Helping Kids, The Prospector Theater, Bear Hug, and Remarkable STEAM. This highly successful event was organized by St. Luke’s designLab Director Michael Mitchell and RHoK Jr. Executive Director Patrice Gans. Mitchell shared, “It’s so much fun to watch the students engage with the nonprofits and then collaborate to code apps.  In just a few hours, they learn about both service and computer science.

A special thanks to Upper School student mentors Jack Briggs ‘21, Tyler Dusek ‘21, Liam Patty ‘21, Peter Gutstein ‘20, Landon Bachman ‘20, Ajit Akole ‘18, Katie Barton ‘19 (representing Filling in the Blanks) as well as designLab Director Michael Mitchell, Director of Character Education Kate Parker-Burgard, US Computer Science teacher Zach Brusko, FLIK and the St. Luke's Facilities team for spending their Saturday to help make this happen.

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