Pathways Academy of Technology and Design Hosts Weekend Hackathon for Middle School Girls

Hartford area girls, from the city and the suburbs, gathered at the region’s premier information technology high school for a free day of computer coding and prizes, including Lenovo laptop computers.
On Saturday, Dec. 5th, at 8:30 a.m., Pathways Academy of Technology and Design, recognized in 2014 by the Magnet Schools of America as the top magnet secondary school nationally, hosted girls from around the region in a major computer-coding event sponsored by Lenovo Computers. Lenovo provided gift bags for all students and prizes plus three new laptop computers. 
At this Hackathon, teams of students developed computer applications designed to meet the needs of local non-profit organizations that will be present at the event. Each team of middle school girls will be led by teenage girls from Pathways Academy who will teach the younger students about writing computer code and design a product to meet the needs of the non-profit clients. The organization Random Hacks of Kindness, which is dedicated to combining technology and philanthropy, is partnering with Pathways to run this special event.
“Our collaboration with companies like Lenovo allows Pathways to offer unique opportunities for real-world learning,” said Principal David Goldblum. “Lenovo is particularly interested in developing its pipeline of female employees so they asked us to target this event to girls who might one day want to go into technology careers.”
Pathways Academy of Technology and Design is a college preparatory school that specializes in preparing students for career opportunities in programming database design, digital video production, networking and web design. Students leading the app development teams on Saturday will be applying what they have learned in their coursework.
“Many of our students have already completed several app prototypes as part of their coursework,” said Raul Vargas, Pathways Technology Teacher for the mobile app course. “The exposure provided by the Lenovo Scholar Network plays a critical role in building their proficiency and confidence as they look to transition into college or the professional world.”
Pathways is one of five NAF Academies in the Hartford Public Schools system; these are professionally-themed schools that offer paid internship opportunities to their students and maintain close partnerships with the business community. The others are: The Academy of Engineering and Green Technology, the Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences, High School Inc. and the Hartford Culinary Arts Academy.

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