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The School’s Out Hackathon (So Hacks) is a student-led 24-hour hackathon engineered to help high school students learn to code.

With the help of sponsors and volunteers from across the city, students create fully functional working apps, websites or software ready for market. Follow along as SciTech Now speaks with some talented young innovators determined to change the face of technology.

Following in her brother’s footsteps, Julia Singer took on the role of So Hacks director in hopes of encouraging other students to pursue STEM-related careers using skills and knowledge gained from the hackathon.

The event, now in its third year, has attracted many students eager to engineer new ideas. From developing cooking apps to constructing robotic hands, no innovation is too daunting.

The goal is to form a creative hub for youth to collaborate with one another. Being in an environment surrounded by experienced mentors and other like-minded individuals ensures students get the support needed to get their projects done. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of teamwork.

“If they want to go into computer science one day, we’re just trying to help them get those skills they need,” said Singer. 

Catch this fascinating episode of SciTech Now on Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m..