Roslyn High School’s Code Club held its second annual hackathon Feb. 9, which was renamed this year to Roslyn Code Overload. The club hosted over 40 high school students from across Long Island to engage in this 12-hour coding marathon.
Coders, designers, and innovators from Roslyn, Bethpage and Jericho came together to work on various projects, ranging from transforming robots to horror games. These projects were imagined, designed, created, tested, and revised by the students.
Throughout the day, students also had the opportunity to attend workshops, learn from mentors, and engage with tech company representatives. At the end, participants had the opportunity to pitch their project to a panel of judges and compete for prizes. Judges included Roslyn math teachers Brian Ciavarella and Mark Carman, and Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Michael Goldspiel, as well as teachers from Bethpage, Jericho and Friends Academy.
Best Beginner Prize was awarded to Roslyn students Elena Lynn, Feyi Rufai and Katie Lam for their project titled “Fireboy and Watergirl,” a replica of the age-old platform teamwork game. Runner up was awarded to Bethpage students Brian Seeley, Nikhil Sanghvi, David Naranjo and Bhavika Garg for their memory card game aimed to help those with Alzheimer’s, titled “Cortex.” First place was awarded to Roslyn students Josh Flashner, Zack Perlman, Daniel Flyer and Harris Miller for their adventure game titled “B.R.E.A.D.”
At Roslyn Code Overload, students had the opportunity to build something new and show off their creations. Through a collaborative learning environment, students were able to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to their own projects.
By opening up Roslyn Code Overload to other school districts this year, Roslyn Code Club hopes to expand the event in the future. They continually strive to give everyone an opportunity to learn and demonstrate the most useful skill in the 21st century: computer science.