For some MakeSchool alumni, the end of the fall season of collegiate hackathons means the chance to finally catch a breath of air. Three of the top college hackathons were organized by MakeSchool alums: Katie Siegel, Carole Touma, and Scotty Shaw.
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After a wildly successful Summer Academy, we asked our top students to join us in San Francisco and pilot our Gap Year program. Over the past two months, our founding class has helped us shape the program’s curriculum and experience. They even teach each other new programming concepts during our weekly “lightning talks.”
We believe that a great education comes in the shape of a dialogue, not a lecture. Together, we’re building the college experience we wished existed. One where our students love coming to school every day and are passionate about their work.
On October 25, 2014, two hundred fifty high school students spent twenty-four hours of their weekend at SoCal’s first high school hackathon, TeenHacks. MakeSchool attended the event as mentors and sponsors.
MakeSchool’s “Build Flappy Bird in One Hour” workshop attracted over seventy students. The room was so full that the wifi network crashed, so we ended up splitting into two separate sessions, each filled with students eager to learn.