Four sophomore students from Rancho Buena Vista High School (RBV) took third place overall at the recent San Diego Women’s Hackathon at CSU San Marcos. Their webpage and game that challenged people to choose more nutritious foods also won Best User Experience and Functionality. The team, named Code Queens, consisted of Liliana Vang, Cindy Bui, Lorena Arcos, and Eve Diaz. They were joined by two other students from MiraCosta College and Miramar College. They were given about 10 hours to code and design their project.
Of the experience, Liliana shared, “We all went in there without any experience and learned new things on the spot.” Cindy Bui commented that she was “astonished” by how much their team was able to accomplish in a short amount of time. All team members agreed that the experience of learning new things made their hard work worth it. Dadre Rudolph, RBV Robotics Instructor, led the students and could not be prouder of their accomplishment. “They had just started coding,” she shared. “I was just sending them to see what it’s like.” Two years ago, RBV seniors Yvette Moreno and Emily Sorger were part of a five-girl team that placed first in the Hackathon. Emily served as a mentor to the Code Queens this year.
The Women’s Hackathons serve to encourage more girls to take an interest in computer science. By challenging students to work in teams on projects that have real-world applications, the event presents the science as a more social exercise. After taking robotics courses at RBV and competing in the Hackathon, all four of the Code Queens are now considering careers in computer science. For more information visit www.sandiegohackathon.org.