Last Saturday was Hackathon; a local event that pitted teams against another to see who could come up with the best "hack" or project in 21 hours. Representing House Prodigy was Avidh Bavkar and Andrew Lee who worked with two other students on their project which was a sign that, while powered, pointed at the International Space Station. Using their knowledge in coding and electronics, the four were able to pull it off which won them the "Most Technical" award as well as Amazon Echos for their prize. According to Avidh, he would "definitely do it again" and that "it was overall a fun experience." Hackathon was definitely a success for House Prodigy; especially with Andrew and Avidh's experience competing now.
After spending the first quarter on electronics, House Prodigy is finally wrapping up that unit. During the quarter, members used a circuit board called Circuit Playground Express (CPE) to light up LEDs and play music. The CPEs used a program called Makecode to preform simple tasks such as make noises or light up LEDs. Eventually, members were able to make songs and light shows with the CPE. Once students got the hang of the CPEs, they moved onto the next challenge; the arduino. There, students were actually able to plug in the wires to build and complete a circuit in order to make things happen. Rather than coding with the CPEs, the arduino was more hands on as students had to physically plug in wires and whatnot. An arduino controlled car was in the process of being made, however it was not completed due to the unit coming to an end. However, all members of House Prodigy learned how a circuit worked, how to make a circuit and understood terms such as voltage, current and resistance.