5th grade Hacker Cup game development competition participants at Lafayette Elemenatary were from left, Aidan Grambihler, Asa Buehler, Parker Brown, Koh Casaba, and Sasha Streitman.

Computer game development 'Hacker Cup' at Lafayette Elementary produces all winners

The first "Hacker Cup" computer game development competition at Lafayette Elementary was held on Monday, April 7th 2014, and the students gained insight into real world computer programming.

Each of the students created his/her own computer game and then presented it to a panel of judges. Judging was based on several factors including creativity, design, programming logic, and, of course, fun. Trophies were awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers.

Kevin Brown of West Seattle and wines whose background is in computer programming came up with the concept. "In 2013, I started a non-profit computer programming/game development education organization focused on kids. We are called the Seattle App Academy. We’ve been piloting our programs via the Lafayette Elementary enrichment curriculum."

He believes that young students are not receiving sufficient computer education in our schools. "Ironically, money won’t solve the fundamental problem. It’s about harnessing and directing dedicated volunteers from our technology business community. Today’s 4th and 5th graders are tomorrow’ business and civic leaders and they need a 21st century skillset. We will help them achieve this."

Brown said that the Seattle App Academy has 30 4th and 5th graders learning how to do software development. "They are truly amazing and totally engaged. Their work is truly sophisticated and professional."

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