Students develop projects at third annual Hackathon

Students coded for 36 hours to develop their own programs as part of the third annual Hackathon hosted Feb.16 to 17. The event, led by Rehaan Furniturewala ’19 and Sarah Wilen ’19, featured workshops in cybersecurity, web development and entrepreneurship. Students also formed teams of up to four members to create innovative solutions for school […]

Spaced out: CS girls visit SpaceX facility

Female computer science students from both the upper and middle school campuses visited SpaceX on March 16. Programming and math teacher Jessica Kaufman chaperoned the 20 girls who attended the trip. The group toured the facility and listened to female engineers talk about their jobs and the goals of the company, which creates rockets and […]

Speaker presents to technology class

Speaker presents to technology class

Google employee and programmer James Stout spoke about the programming formulas and principles behind Google’s self-driving car to computer science classes March 4. Stout, who is a software engineering manager at Google and the brother of mathematics teacher Andy Stout, described the history and principles of Google’s self-driving car and discussed the field of robotics. […]

Jonathan Damico ’18 balances coding, robotics and business

Jonathan Damico ’18 balances coding, robotics and business

In the robotics room, a 3D printer beeps and whirrs, robots perch on every surface possible and students are hard at work preparing for another robotics competition. Members of the robotics team are working on improving their robots after a victory at their last tournament, made possible by the code-writing skills of Jonathan Damico ’18. Damico […]

Teacher to program for startups

Computer Science teacher Jason Fieldman ’98 is leaving after two years of teaching to resume his previous career as a professional programmer for startups. Fieldman has taught Design and Data Structures Honors, Advanced Topics in Computer Science Honors and Precalculus: Trigonometry and Functions. He was originally invited back to school by his eighth grade teacher, […]

Sophomore earns perfect score on AP computer science exam

Justin Rose ’17 was one of 12 students in the world to receive a perfect score on the 2014 AP Computer Science Exam. Rose was one of two freshmen from Harvard-Westlake to take the exam last year. To prepare for the exam, he took an online course in computer science during the school year and […]

Pressure for Rigor

In all of the college information sessions and discussions about college, Riya Garg ’15 finds one constant theme: The number of Advanced Placement classes and rigor of a schedule is always a main focus. As a senior, Garg admits she feels a pressure to take as many AP and honors classes as possible. “I feel […]

Sophomore interns at Google headquarters

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson arrived at the large, black-glass building in northern California that housed Google headquarters. In this scene in the movie “The Internship,” a fictional comedy, Vaughn and Wilson began their journey into an intensely competitive intern program at Google. While millions enjoyed the film, few can say they experienced the events […]