Longwood High School students test their computer coding skills at annual ‘hackathon’ event


Students test their computer coding skills in Longwood High School’s second annual “hack-a-thon.”

Students at the event participated in coding competitions and learned how to write their own computer programs.

Computer science teacher Steve Beecher says the event helps spark student interest in important educational subjects.

“We’re all excited to learn how to program,” he said. “This is an up-and-coming area that everyone should be involved in. It’s really amazing what they can do with this material.”

The event was a fun and educational experience for the over 185 students who attended.

“It feels good. You learn how to code and some great skills,” said one student.

“Computer science, programming, artificial intelligence. It’s the future and it’s fun,” said senior Ryan Styron.

“I want to major in computer science, so I want to go into software development,” said another student. “This competition allows me to do that and it’s fun.”

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