On February 8th, Facebook Boston opened their doors to over 80 students from Prospect Hill Academy Charter School and other local charters. Over the two-day event, high school students teamed up to create a program that would bring people together or serve a community need. Engineers from across Kendall Square including those from Amazon, Bevi, Citrix, Draper, edX, Facebook, Google, Microsoft TEALS, MIT, and Panorama Education volunteered their time to connect with the students and share their love of coding, while also helping students learn more about a career in the tech sector.
“The mentors helped us to understand hashmaps, arrays, and if-else loops which not only helped us to perfect our program, but will help us in the future" said Anthony a Prospect Hill Academy 12th grade student and member of the winning team. Along with his teammates Elijah, Clivens, & Rodney, Anthony created a scheduling platform for student and faculty office hours which wowed the judges on Saturday. Each member of the team won their own MacBook air. Anthony has committed to Brandeis University for Fall 2019 and will study Computer Science.