Sabaa Khan, a freshman from Division Avenue High School, made her mark in the coding world by taking home first place with her team in the level one category of a virtual Code-A-Thon, sponsored by the non-profit, We Connect The Dots. Students from grades 8-12 were encouraged to sign up for the competition which did not require any prior coding experience. The competition, which featured three levels of difficulty, took place during the course of three days and challenged students to create websites that would offer a solution to a societal issue.
Sabaa decided to participate in the competition for fun and had no prior experience in coding but thought it would be a great learning opportunity. She prepared for the Code-A-Thon by participating in three separate training classes which were three hours each. Her team consisted of an eighth grader, a high school freshman and a mentor. Sabaa spent approximately 25 hours researching a topic for her team, creating a PowerPoint and coding her team's website.
"We created a project that would address and offer a solution to a global problem aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals," she said. "Due to the pandemic, the vaccines are in great demand. It is crucial to store the vaccine properly before administering. We came up with the idea to create a vaccine cooler that would keep vaccines cool for a long span of time. The name of our website was VCFA - Vaccines Coolers For All.
As a first place team, Sabaa was awarded a projector from We Connect The Dots. The district congratulates her on this outstanding achievement!