Shreya Wins People’s Choice at STEMettes Hackathon
Monday, 11 January 2016
Year 8 pupil Shreya Kamath recently took part in a STEMettes hackathon at UTC Media City in Salford. The free event was sponsored by Oracles. STEMettes is an organisation which teaches girls to code, and the workshop was designed to encourage more girls to go into IT.
“The STEMettes hackathon was really fun. We learned a new coding language,” Shreya said. “We used Alice 3.0 over two days to code an animation or a game, and I chose to do a game to challenge myself. It was a two-player game where two snowmen were racing. My game won the People’s Choice Award!”
The prize included a trophy, a mini portable speaker, and £50 of Amazon vouchers!
Shreya started coding at codeacademy.org and then found out about Coder Dojo, which runs volunteer-based coding workshops for young people. She is hoping to continue to develop her interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects in the future, particularly maths, the sciences, and resistant materials. She said, “I really enjoy coding and have got more serious with it by joining Programming Club, buying my own Raspberry Pi, and by doing more workshops like this, which I really enjoy!”