STEAM Achievers Featured on WFAA News:
“Making a Mark, Creating Leaders of Tomorrow”

STEAM Achievers Purpose Hackathon Featured on The Rambler Newspapers
Link: October 20, 2017 Article – “Scholars Making a Difference in the Autism Community at STEAM Achievers Purpose Hackathons

Scholars from more than 19 schools in numerous Independent School Districts, Charter School Districts and Private Schools Give Back their Time and Talent by Designing Video Games for Children with Autism on October 14, 2017 in honor of National Disability Awareness Month. They were mentored in their different auditoriums by professionals from S.T.E.A.M. organizations and higher education including Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Alliance of Technology and Women, University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), UT Southwestern (UTSW), University of North Texas (UNT) to name a few

Scholars present the video games they designed for children with autism before judges and fellow peers from numerous DFW schools

Picture Gallery: Highlights from 2017 Fall STEAM Achievers Purpose Hackathon at UTD
Kids and Youth Giving Back: Designing Video Games for Children with Autism



Discover, hands on, the joys of learning science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.), the pathways that lead to careers in these fields and more. Through our Signature STEAM Achievers Mentorship Programs, we provide much-needed mentorship from professionals in S.T.E.A.M. careers including doctors, pharmacists, engineers, software developers, computer science professors, architects, banking and finance executives. Our goal is to put the dots so close together, that scholars can visualize a career in S.T.E.A.M. while enjoying the exploration of what it would take to become a professional in these fields.


By teaching mastery in computer science concepts, critical thinking, problem solving, team building skills, demonstrating how technology works with science, engineering, art and mathematics, promoting an environment that allows for creativity and innovation and more, we prove to scholars that they have what it takes to thrive in S.T.E.A.M. in school and beyond.


Real Social Impact & Strategic Mentorship:
Youth Give Back, Solve Real Community Issues in Real Time, with Mentorship from S.T.E.A.M. Industry Executives and Professionals

S.T.E.A.M. Achievers care deeply about the world around them and use their talent and acquired skills to make a difference in their own community. S.T.E.A.M. Achievers will be eligible to team up and give back by participating in the Biannual S.T.E.A.M. Achievers Purpose Hackathons (pH) as kid developers, testers or project managers and in the process learn about the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) used by most technology companies such as Verizon, Microsoft, IBM, Amazon and many others.

A Red Carpet Welcome: Scholars pose for a photo at the Spring STEAM Achievers Purpose Hackathon on May 13th, 2017 at University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)

Scholars from numerous Independent School Districts, private and charter schools discuss autism and receive mentorship in neurology from Dr. Cagan Randall of Cerebrum Health Centers

Dr. Jey Veerasamy, Director of  Center for Computer Science Education & Outreach and Sr. Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science at University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), provides practical insights on technology careers and receives video game challenges from scholars 3rd through 12th grade


2019 Spring #HackAutism

DFW kids and youth give back by designing video games for kids with autism at the Spring STEAM Achievers Purpose Hackathon on Autism Awareness Month
Benefiting children from University of North Texas Kristin Farmer Autism Center, among other organizations serving children within the Autism Spectrum and other disabilities

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019

Where: University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Naveen Jindal Bldng

Free parking: In “GREEN PARKING” Spaces on Campus Map

Address: 800 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080



  • This will be an exciting and positive competition between scholars from numerous Independent School Districts (ISDs) held at University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), where scholars will be designing video games for children with Autism!
  • All-day mentorship will be provided by professionals in medicine, technology and higher education
  • Prizes, certificates and recognition from University of North Texas (UNT), University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and executives from organizations in STEAM fields including IBM, Microsoft, Alliance of Technology and Women, among others, will be presented
  • $25 per participant, includes breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Breakfast and lunch provided

Special Instructions

Bring a laptop. A laptop is strongly recommended but not required for participation. Scholars will work in teams.