‘Hackademia’ Aims for Young Tech Devotees

Photo courtesy Hackademia La Cañada High School students Justin Hyon, Rucha Kadam and Kamyar Salahi have spent a year bringing to life Hackademia, the first high school hackathon in Southern California. The free event takes place July 28 at UCLA.
Photo courtesy Hackademia
La Cañada High School students Justin Hyon, Rucha Kadam and Kamyar Salahi have spent a year bringing to life Hackademia, the first high school hackathon in Southern California. The free event takes place July 28 at UCLA.

Kamyar Salahi, a rising senior at La Cañada High School, wished he could enter a hackathon for people his age in L.A.

The problem was that nothing of the kind existed in Southern California. Not yet.

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LCHS Teacher Appointed to State Tech Advisory Panel

Photo courtesy Gayle Nicholls-Ali
La Cañada High School teacher Gayle Nicholls-Ali (left) joins Shauna Hawes of Valley View Middle School in Pleasant Hills, during the first session of the Computer Science Strategic Implementation Advisory Panel. The group is working to make recommendations on the implementation of the state’s K-12 computer science standards.

Ms. G, as the students at La Cañada High School know her, is now known statewide as a member of the Computer Science Strategic Implementation Advisory Panel.
Gayle Nicholls-Ali, whose duties at LCHS include career tech education, was appointed recently by Gov. Jerry Brown to join 14 like-minded experts on a panel charged with making recommendations on the implementation of K-12 computer science standards in California.

“The California economy is depending on us,” said Nicholls-Ali, who also is a curriculum writer and team leader at CTE Online, an online learning program that offers pathways and courses focused on career and technical education, in addition to working as an adjunct professor at Pacific Oaks College.
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