More than 75 high school students participated in the annual Board-wide hack-a-thon organized by Port Credit Secondary School student, Shrey Jain, and the PChacks team on May 18 at Applewood School. The hack-a-thon is part of the school's and the Peel District School Board's initiative to inspire and Empower Modern Learners.
The conference day provided both new and experienced students with the opportunity to attend workshops, work on their projects, and explore Microsoft hardware and software. Workshops at the conference, included Microbit and Minecraft by Microsoft, a Github workshop and an overview of the Engineers in Residence program in secondary schools.
At the hack-a-thon, students created a variety of projects, including augmented reality technology to assist students with access to accessibility maps, a walking guide for students with impairments or disabilities, a version of Siri known as "Eve" that does not require data and can solely be utilized through SMS services and other projects incorporating big data and artificial intelligence. At the end of the day, students were judged by industry professionals on their knowledge, creativity and skill.
The PCharks club successfully partnered with: Microsoft, Chipotle, Fair Chance Learning, Royal Bank Canada, Microsoft, Bank of Montreal, El Jefe, SHAD, Mi-way, Hackhub and Ginos Pizza to provide workshops for all who attended.
PCHackers is a club "dedicated to using technology to improve the lives of high school students throughout Peel Region and hopefully beyond." The club hosts annual hack-a-thons and coding workshops to "introduce various programming languages and tools."
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