Written next to our new HackSchool room (photos coming soon)!

Written next to our new HackSchool room (photos coming soon)!

HackSchool's first year was pretty amazing, to say the least. As an organization that works with students, we have learned an enormous amount about how to (1) help students develop projects they're passionate about, (2) guide students through incredibly difficult technological problem-sets,  and (3) combine technology and social-cause work into student-led, real-world projects. Visit our blog for more details and stories from students.

School is now and session, and HackSchool year 2 is recently underway!

This year, HackSchool is expanding by offering two programs: the Leadership and Social Innovation Program and our weekly Drop-In Program.

Leadership and Social Innovation Program

We were very impressed with student applications, and we selected 7 students to join this impressive team. More on them coming soon. These students will tackle a pair of major world issues of their choice. They will get intensive mentorship, resources, and chances to lead in Colorado and around the country. Here are a few snippets from our finalists' applications!

"The world is full of issues, but we are here in the world to try to solve them."

"So many people think that the internet community is bad and malicious but in reality its amazing how many more people you can meet. One difficult challenge I've faced and overcoming is depression and being a shut in. Again, this links to my big issue idea and how the people I can call family are oddly through the internet. These people have helped more then anyone I've met face to face."

"One of my biggest issues is education. It is something not everyone has access to and I would like to change the structure of how students should learn. Instead of following the guidelines of a regular step by step."

And finally, before I leave you for today, here are a few memories from our first couple of weeks. Many more to come!

Day 1 of HackSchool Leadership and Social Innovation Team meetings. Students are learning their way around the brand-spankin'-new HackSchool Workshop and making a map of the different stations...and naming them ridiculous things! Post from them to come, but hint: one of the stations is called The Hair Salon.

Day 1 of HackSchool Leadership and Social Innovation Team meetings. Students are learning their way around the brand-spankin'-new HackSchool Workshop and making a map of the different stations...and naming them ridiculous things! Post from them to come, but hint: one of the stations is called The Hair Salon.

HackSchool Leader Shukri cheesin' it up with her Arduino controlled LED array!

HackSchool Leader Shukri cheesin' it up with her Arduino controlled LED array!

HackSchool Leader Sebastian taking a rest with the blueprint of our first community project of the year: a "smart" give-one-take-one food cabinet for the North/Excel High School campus! (More coming soon)

HackSchool Leader Sebastian taking a rest with the blueprint of our first community project of the year: a "smart" give-one-take-one food cabinet for the North/Excel High School campus! (More coming soon)

HackSchool Leaders Nahomi and Shukri with some HackSchool drop-in students on day 1 of circuit and robotics exploration!

HackSchool Leaders Nahomi and Shukri with some HackSchool drop-in students on day 1 of circuit and robotics exploration!

 

 

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