This May, four teams of four high school students will spend the weekend building WordPress websites for local nonprofits at Philly’s first WebSLAM (Student Learning Apprenticeship Model) student hackathon.
Sign up to volunteer at the May 10-11 event here (organizers are looking for people with UX, UI and WordPress skills, as well as volunteers with no technical skills). Nonprofits, sign up to get a website built here.
The hackathon is part of STEM League Philly, an effort to recreate a STEM program of the same name from the Baltimore-based Digital Harbor Foundation in Philly (read our sister site Technically Baltimore’s coverage of Digital Harbor Foundation here). Led locally by technology teacher Mary Beth Hertz, STEM League Philly aims to encourage students to build products that the community actually needs (like, say, a website) and to connect students with local technologists.
WebSLAMs are one part of the Digital Harbor Foundation’s STEM League program. Leading up to the hackathon, students will complete a six-week web development curriculum provided by the Digital Harbor Foundation.
The hackathon is another effort to get students excited about technology in order to build that STEM pipeline. Read more of STEM our coverage here.-30-