PHS team takes top prize at World Wide Technology Student Forum Hackathon
PHS team takes top prize at World Wide Technology Student Forum Hackathon
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
A team of computer science students from Pattonville High School earned first place and the top prize of $10,000 at World Wide Technology's (WWT) fourth annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Student Forum Hackathon held on Feb. 23 at WWT's global headquarters in Maryland Heights. The students were tasked with developing and building a technology in five weeks that brought people together to promote positive social change.

Pattonville's team competed against nearly 200 students from 19 schools. WWT provided each team with professional mentors who volunteered to help the students refine their ideas and connect them with WWT resources to complete their projects. Teams were judged on how well they articulated their solution or product; the overall creativity of their project and core values; and how well the team displayed humility, teamwork, collaboration and attitude.

Pattonville's team consisted of students in the Computer Science Capstone class at Pattonville High School: Eli Card, Yasaman Mostafavi, William Skaggs, Sam Vaclavik, Jacob Wilfong and Kyle Wright. Their teacher is Jeremiah Simmons. Their winning creation involved producing a cataloging system for Pirate Pete’s Closet.

"Pirate Pete’s Closet is an area where students can take donated items when they need it," Mostafavi said. "The closet is full of coats, shoes, shirts and other basic necessities. We wanted our project to help reduce the stigma of taking donated items, validate the process of taking items off of racks and help us track the needs of the community."

The team's website catalogs each item in Pirate Pete’s closet and allows students to make requests so that they can retrieve their bundle of requested items in a nondescript package.

"Our simple website only uses a barcode scanner and barcodes attached to each item," Mostafavi explained. "By having a 'checkout' process, we hope to alleviate the feeling of stealing and validate the process of taking items from the closet. We hope to work with various student groups at the school to do the cataloging and packaging process. We plan on expanding this website to not only every student in the high school, but every student in the district, to ensure every student’s needs are met."

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Pattonville's team presents its solution at the WWT STEM Student Forum.

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Pattonville's team is shown accepting first place and a $10,000 prize at the WWT hackathon.