Success Computes at Coding Club Techathon
App development, cyber security, website building and game design were just some of the topics 6-12 grade students in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District learned about when they attended the District’s first-ever Techathon, Feb. 10. The event, hosted by the Oyster Bay High School Coding Club to help students explore the world of computer science, featured guest speakers, the opportunity to engage in problem-solving workshops and a chance to win a Google mini.
Kicking off the day for more than 70 participants was keynote speaker Mr. Daniel Holewienko, a veteran technology executive in healthcare, financial services, media, education, and retail, who shared the latest trends in technology. Students then participated in three of seven different techno-computational workshops, some of which were run by computer science students. The student-run sessions included 3-D Design and Printing, Creative Problem Solving, App Creation, Game Creation and a Network Snoop-In. Oyster Bay High School student Richard Murphy remotely logged into the server he set up in his home from refurbished, second-hand equipment for his Network Snoop-In workshop.
Mr. Bala KP, who has more than 20 years’ experience in infrastructure and security management for various industries ran a cyber security workshop and Ms. Kally DiPreta, an expert in information technology, conducted a data analytics workshop that showed how to turn data that is collected into information to answer questions.
The Oyster Bay High School Coding Club, advised by computer science teacher Ms. Suprabha Malhar-Jain, was established last year with a handful of students and has grown to 15 members.
“We commend our Coding Club members and Ms. Malhar for hosting this fabulous event of learning,” said Ms. Janna Ostroff, K-12 Supervisor of Science and Technology for Instruction. “This event was a wonderful enhancement to our technology program and a great opportunity for students to teach other students, which is always great to see.”
Bala KP conducts a workshop on cyber security during the Techathon at Oyster Bay High School.
Computer Science teacher and Coding Club advisor Ms. Suprabha Malhar-Jain looks on as Coding Club members help students problem solve on their computers.
Coding Club members, above and below, teach different workshops to students.