S.T.E.A.M. Achievers Purpose Hackathons Presents:

Give your 3-12th grade student the life-changing opportunity to learn how to code,
explore S.T.E.A.M. careers and give back to the community by designing video
games for children with autism, all while having fun!

Join us October 19, 2019 at the Microsoft Corporation in Irving
7000 State Highway 161, Bldg LC1, Irving TX 75039
$25 Registration Includes Breakfast & Lunch!


A Day Of Fun, Mentorship & Community Impact!

The S.T.E.A.M. Achievers Purpose Hackathon is a one-day coding and career boot camp that brings together public, private and charter school students, grades 3-12, with community leaders for a common good!

This year’s theme is #HackAutism, and will offer students immersive,¬†interactive and hands-on experiences¬†learning how to code and design video games for children and youth with autism.¬†Each student group will join a company-led team and work together to solve game design challenges using¬†one of five industry-leading programming languages; Java, JavaScript, Python, Alice, and Scratch.

This is a public event available to any student and their parents! There is no technology-specific experience required to participate. Children and youth on the autism spectrum are joyfully welcomed to attend with a parent.

Check out the press release for the 2019 Hackathon.

Parent Session led by Dr. Clinton Smith, UT Southwestern/Children‚Äôs Medical Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities ‚ÄúPanel Discussion: A New Approach to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion‚ÄĚ

Among other benefits, students will:

Acquire new, in-demand coding skills

Work side-by-side with executive and professional leaders in S.T.E.A.M.-related careers and companies

Build confidence for themselves and kids affected by autism spectrum disorder

Make new friends and meet community leaders

Have fun learning about exciting careers in the sciences

Participate in engaging & interactive exhibits

And so much more!

Learn How To Code In One of 3 Coding Boot Camps

Students will be get hands-on experience as they learn relevant coding skills used by the industry's leading video game designers. assigned into small teams led by community volunteers.

Experience REAL Human Brains & Explore Exciting Careers In Science

Students will participate in a medical boot camp by UT Southwestern medical professors to explore exciting career paths in science.

45+ Mentors From S.T.E.A.M. Organizations

including Microsoft, Alliant of Technology & Women (DFW ATW), AT&T, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Fujitsu, University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), UT Southwestern (UTSW) and more!

Learn Game Design & Build Video Games For Autistic Children & Youth

Video game recipients include University of North Texas Kristin Farmer Autism Center, National Autism Association and others.

Get Interactive With Artificial Intelligence & Augmented Reality

Microsoft & Fujitsu representatives will bring science to life with interactive exhibits that help students understand the brain and human physiology.

Internship Opportunities & Volunteer Hours Available

Video game recipients include University of North Texas Kristin Farmer Autism Center, National Autism Association and others.

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The Hackathon Experience

Here are just a few of the unique experiences we have planned for students and their parents!

3 Coding Boot Camps

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Led by the University of Texas at Dallas, all students will learn how to code video games using one of five industry-leading programming languages; Scratch, Alice, Python, Java and Javascript and Java. Each student will join an elementary, middle and high school group and will assigned to a small team led by a community leader to provide a unique, hands-on experience and mentorship opportunity. No coding experience is required!

‚ÄúReally Cool Brains‚ÄĚ

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Experience real, human brains! Dr. Anastasia Bobilev, Department of Psychiatry, Post Doctoral Research and her team from UT Southwestern will display a real brain exhibit to highlight and demonstrate the physiological effects of autism in the brain and body. In addition, students will receive education about neuroscience and other exciting career opportunities in the sciences.

Artificial Intelligence Exhibit

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Students will be able to participate fully interactive artificial intelligence exhibit by Microsoft that leads them inside the heart and blood pathways of a person with autism. Students will use AI to explore and understand the full range of physiological experiences that a child with autism might encounter. 

Augmented Reality Exhibit

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Fujitsu, a worldwide leader in innovation, will discuss the world of advancing technology and the practical application of augmented reality in a futuristic exhibit that is sure to capture the attention and imagination of our students! 

STEAM Achievers
Parenting Group

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This year, we’re offering parents an opportunity to participate in our cause! Dr. Clinton Smith, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at UT Southwestern/Children’s Health Dallas Center For Autism and Developmental Disabilities will lead an interactive panel discussion of experts as they discuss the problems and challenges affecting the autism community.¬†