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Hackathon organizer Lukas Seklir ’21 relays the details of his Hackathon project to Leader of HW Venture Coco Kaleel ’20. Seklir won first place for his app, Melodica, which generates a song with violin and flute accompaniment after the user hums a melody. Credit: Ethan Lachman/Chronicle

Entrepreneurs tackle STEM issues

Ethan Lachman March 4, 2020

After receiving positive feedback from students, the school hosted its second Hackathon of the year where students applied programming skills to creative projects Feb. 15 to 16 in the Mudd Library, Hackathon...

Students develop projects at third annual Hackathon

Ruoshan Dong February 18, 2019

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...

Spaced out: CS girls visit SpaceX facility

Zoe Redlich March 22, 2018

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...

Laura Siahaan explains how programming can be used in data science and analysis. Credit: Saba Nia/Chronicle

Hidden Figures: NASA data scientist discusses computer science

Saba Nia January 29, 2018

NASA's Lead Data Scientist for Business Operations Laura Siahaan spoke to Girls Who Code club members and other students about working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and how girls interested in...

Photo illustration by Josie Abugov

The Root of the Problem: Gender Imbalance in STEM Fields

Josie Abugov October 10, 2016

As Kat Edminston ’17 scanned her Advanced Placement Microeconomics and Macroeconomics class on the first day of school, she realized she was one of three girls in the class. A few weeks later, the other...

Google employee James Stout speaks to students interested in computer science and programming March 4. Stout assisted in designing Google’s self-driving car. Credit: Brittany Hong/Chronicle

Speaker presents to technology class

Brittany Hong March 9, 2016

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...

Jonathan Damico '18 writes code in the robotics room. Credit: Isabelle Eshraghi/Chronicle

Jonathan Damico ’18 balances coding, robotics and business

Isabelle Eshraghi January 18, 2016

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...

Teacher to program for startups

Liz Yount April 29, 2015

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...

Sophomore earns perfect score on AP computer science exam

Aaron Lyons February 13, 2015

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...

Pressure for Rigor

Scott Nussbaum October 14, 2014

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....

Sophomore interns at Google headquarters

Henry Vogel February 12, 2014

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...

Computer science course enrollment increases 72 percent

Sarah Novicoff September 25, 2013

Flipping through a 2013-2014 curriculum guide, Laura Campbell ’16 landed on AP Computer Science A, a college-level programming course that teaches object-oriented software design as well as Java. Campbell...

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