Channel 7 news announces that San Diego City Council is declaring December 4, 2017 officially “The LEAGUE of Amazing Programmers Day”. The LEAGUE is recognized for its after-school program dedicated to teaching professional-level computer programming to a wide range of young San Diegans and for the achievement of teams competing in winning the 2017 D4SD challenge. Watch this great story!
High School-Aged Students’ Solution for Solving a Complex City Problem Outmatches Those of Professional and College-Level Designers to Claim Civic Design Challenge’s $5000 Grand Prize
SAN DIEGO — (October 26, 2017) – The LEAGUE of Amazing Programmers, a non-profit dedicated to teaching professional-level programming to kids and teens, is proud to announce two of five LEAGUE teams entered in the Design for San Diego (D4SD) Civic Challenge took home top honors, including the competition’s $5000 grand prize. The LEAGUE’s students were the only high school age participants who entered the competition alongside design professionals, college and graduate students.
“I knew the students could hold their own, but I had no idea one of the LEAGUE’s five teams might win!” said Becky Deller, Director of Community Engagement, The LEAGUE of Amazing Programmers. “The judges were surprised to learn the age of The LEAGUE’s student entrants, and praised them for their poise and intelligence.”
The month long inaugural competition focused on the issue of mobility, asking participants the question “How might we create a San Diego where all move more freely,” and challenged them to solve this complex city-wide problem through design thinking and crowdsourcing. The LEAGUE’s grand prize-winning team, Cycle Detection, addressed the specific question: How can we make bicycles more visible to cars of the future? In addition to $5000, the team won the opportunity to work with venture capital and private equity firm SCALE SD, the University of California San Diego Design Lab, and The San Diego Association of Governors to implement their idea, which focuses on Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC).
Team Cycle Detection consisted of:
D.J. Nelson (9th grade Francis Parker)
James Maron (10th grade Canyon Crest Academy)
Savera Soin (11th grade Canyon Crest Academy)
Stephen Cerruti (mentor)
Fellow LEAGUE team, San Diego Parking App, was recognized as a finalist for their work on an app that shows available parking within downtown San Diego. Team members included:
Tyler Reinecke (12th grade Del Norte High School)
Thomas Twomey (12th grade Cathedral Catholic High School)
Jangwoo Lee (10th grade Canyon Crest Academy)
Adrian Derderian (8th grade Escondido Christian School)
Dave Dunn (mentor)
The competition drew 50 applications in early October, with eight finalists selected from 23 completed submissions. Completed entries were showcased, and the eight finalist teams announced, during an evening mixer on October 25. The following day, finalists presented their projects to judges in front of a live audience at the Design Forward Summit. Hosted at Liberty Station, the summit required finalist to make a 60-second pitch before addressing judges’ questions.
Design for San Diego (D4SD) is a combined effort to solve complex city problems through design thinking and crowdsourcing, led by the UC San Diego Design Lab—with support from the National Science Foundation, Design Forward Alliance and SCALE SD.
Lead Teacher Keith Groves along with students Yashwin Madakamutil, Alec Howell and Evan Wright represented The LEAGUE. The students are pictured talking to The Honorable Janine A. Davidson, Under Secretary of the Navy who is the 2nd highest ranking civilian official in the Department of the Navy.
STEM Committee at 2016 Navy Gold Coast
Gold Coast 2016 was another successful event for NDIA SD Chapter STEM Committee and their Robotic Demonstration at Gold Coast. The kids and their robots seem to always capture Industry and Government attention year after year and this year was no different. The Honorable Janine A. Davidson, Under Secretary of the Navy and Ms. Emily Harman, Director, DON Office of Small Business Programs met with the students and their robots. The Under Secretary of the Navy led the kids over to SPAWAR SSC-Pacific exhibit area to talk with SSC-Pacific engineering staff.
School Robotic Teams in attendance include; Kearney High School HammerHeads led by John Driego de Dios, San Dieguito High School Academy Paradox, LEAGUE of Amazing Programmers led by Keith Groves, Westview High School Team #3341, Francis Parker 2485 WarLords led by Ryan Griggs, Boys and Girls Clubs of greater San Diego Dragons led by Sandra Adarwash, San Ysidro High School Cougarbots led by Carrie Northum, Poway High School Team 1622 and Team Spyder led by Rodger Dohm, Olympic View Elementary School FLL Team 3454 and Chula Vista Elementary School District FLL Team 24238 led by Victoria Wiseman, Gloria McKearney, Mr. and Mrs. Jennings, and Miss MacDonald.
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