YHack hosts code learnathon for high school students


While hackathons have given college-age computer programmers, designers, and aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to get hands-on experience with programming, fewer opportunities are available for high school students to learn, code, and create in a fast-paced environment surrounded by their peers. Enter CodeBlue, a one day learnathon for high school students. CodeBlue will allow more than 150 high school students to gain access to mentors and exposure to a number of programming languages.

CodeBlue, hosted by YHack for the first time this year, is a chance for student programmers to share their knowledge with the community. For many program participants, CodeBlue may be the first time they have the chance to try their hand at programming; many students will be coming from local schools without computer science programs. Nevertheless, students who have had prior exposure to programming will also have plenty to learn throughout the day.

The program will feature a number of workshops on topics including HTML, CSS, JS/jQuery, and entrepreneurship. Program participants will be divided into groups of 4 or 5, and will be paired with mentors to practice applying what they learn during the workshops.

CodeBlue will take place on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Yale School of Management. The event is sponsored by Connecticut Innovations, Amazon, and Elm Talent. For more information on the event, visit the event page at http://codeblue.yhack.org/.

Anny Dow

Anny Dow is a junior in Silliman and a Cognitive Science major with a focus on positive emotion and decision making. In addition to being on the YEM team, Anny is a research assistant in the Yale Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Lab and a project manager for the Yale Undergraduate Consulting Group. She enjoys hiking, playing the violin, watching Disney movies, and drinking ridiculous quantities of coffee.

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