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CBus Student Hack – Coding for Community

PAST is committed to helping students better prepare for their futures through multiple pathways and experiences. The CBusStudentHack, launched earlier this fall, is an example of the learning challenges we offer students.

CBusStudentHack, a 12 week programming contest for central Ohio area high school students, challenged students to use coding skills to develop an app that addresses health and wellness in the community. PAST Innovation Lab was a partner in the program sponsored by AT&T and Franklin University.

On December 11, 2015 Ketal Patel, PAST’s Director of School Design & Strategy, had the honor of judging the project of the students who represented 16 area schools.

“The projects were amazing! The goal of the CBusStudentHack competition was to provide 21st century skills through computer science education, and the students rose to the occasion in every way,” said Patel. “It was great to hear the students brainstorm all the possible ways an app could help people’s health and well being!”

Judges were asked to evaluate the apps based on predetermined criteria:

  1. Software quality

  2. Functionality and potential impact on the central Ohio region

  3. Presentation

  4. Execution and creativity

Congratulations to all the students who developed their knowledge of coding and developed apps for the competition. The 2015 CBusStudentHack winning teams  and the apps they developed are:

First Place – Team Upper Arlington 1, Upper Arlington High School “Stress X,” an app to solve problems connected with anxiety and stress.

Second Place – Team MeTrio, Metro Institute of Technology in Columbus City Schools “Sous Pantry,” an app to help students to choose and create healthy meals.

Third Place – Team Code Panther, Marburn Academy “Healthy Choices,” an app that provides trusted exercise and nutrition research and points you in the right direction to find healthy meals or locations to exercise.

Best Project Idea – Estem2, eSTEM Academy Reynoldsburg High School “Food for thought” app idea.

Best Presentation – Braves 1, Whetstone High School “ Blood Drive” app.

PAST is proud to be a partner, along with these leading organizations, in support of CBusStudentHack.


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