THE COPPERBELT HACKATHON A SUCCESS

THE COPPERBELT HACKATHON A SUCCESS

March is coming to an end and at hackers Guild we are closing it with a bang!

As you may be aware,  we had a mission on the Copperbelt of which we deployed 4 trainers on the  to recruit pupils into our army of coders by forming innovators clubs in the schools.

The mission was successful as we managed to form the clubs in 10 schools namely Temweni, Fatima, Ibenga, Chifubu, Masala, Ndeke, Kitwe Boys, Twashuka, Parklands and Hellen Kaunda.

In the same vein, we managed to have the 1st ever Hackathon on the Copperbelt where we invited the 10 beneficiaries of the Innovators clubs to compete against each other.

The schools were given a task to use scratch, Stencyl or web to come up tools that would help prevent cholera.

Ibenga girls secondary school emerged winners of the competition. The girls created a game that educates one on the dangers of cholera and how you could avoid and  walked away with a Droid Inventor kit, a robot that can be programmed to do activities such as cleaning, delivering food and many more. Ndeke secondary school finished second and received an Arduino kit whilst Fatima girls were third and won themselves a Makey Makey kit.

Back in Lusaka, training just got tense as we have entered week six of the coding boot camp. The student are currently working on websites for their mid-course assessments which will help the trainers evaluate the students’ knowledge up to date.

Finally, we will be starting our 1st ever hardware programming classes on the 23rd of April 2018.The classes will introduce students to basic electronics with a focus on Arduino, a micro-controller helps you interact with sensors, LCDs and other electronic parts. Sign up now using the link below.

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