Intel IUEE Hackathon Day 3

Day 3 at the IUEE Hackathon

My third day at the IUEE hackathon was a bit less eventful than my first 2 days. Like before, the main room was crowded with participants looking forward to a day of learning how to build game, but had less need for mentors. I decided to take advantage of Ashish’s bootcamp tutorial on how to program a game using HTML. This was a great opportunity for me to learn how to build a beginner game.

While the day started out slow for me, once the bootcamp started, it was very fun! I learned how to use HTML and make my own game. I was required to download some online images, and place them into the game. The purpose of this game was to move a cat across a green field. 

One thing that surprised me was how much I enjoyed the class! Although I had taken a class in my sophomore year of high school and pretty much had learned all the basics, I did not have much experience with HTML beyond that. The cool part about this class was that instead of designing a web page, I was making a game, and I really enjoyed that. 

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Intel IUEE Hackathon Day 1

My first day at the IUEE Intel Hackathon

Hi, my name is Sonia Gupta and I am a senior at Westview High School. I’m an intern at the Intel Ultimate Engineering Experience (IUEE) Hackathon helping Paul Steinberg, Brad Hill and the student mentors.  I am also getting a better insight into the field of software development. Learning HTML and CSS is a very interesting experience for me because I am going to college next year and I am trying to figure out my major and this hackathon is a very effective way for me to do that. 

The first presentation was attended by a huge crowd who seemed very enthusiastic to learn about HTML. It was presented by Saki, who was talking about the basics of HTML 5 and CSS. It consisted of her introducing how to install Notepad ++ on your laptop, and from there she showed step by step how to create a basic HTML page using CSS. It was a very interesting experience, and helpful because everyone was able to see how her HTML was transformed into an actual web page. 

I am currently learning the basics of HTML myself, and my goal is to start helping participants with their questions this week. We’ll see how that goes!

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Intel IUEE Oregon: Hackathon Day 2

Day 2 at the IUEE Hackathon 

My second day at IUEE was quite different from my first one. Today, the room was buzzing with participants who got into groups and combined their ideas to make ideas for a game that they are going to create. All of the ideas were very interesting. One group came up with the idea of having a jet, and your jet would have to avoid obstacles in order to survive. Another group came up with the idea of a virtual beer pong, where the more alcohol you consumed, the more the screen would start to shake therefore it being harder to make a goal. I thought that both of these were very creative ideas. 

The presentation today introducting Java Script was given by Brad Hill. He went through the steps using Notepad ++ on how to create game programs such as rolling a dice, so each time the page was refreshed, there was a different string of numbers. 

Altogether, the presentation and the ideas from the individual groups were very interesting. I myself am not very familiar with Java Script, but seeing the presentation was a good introduction for me. 

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