SPARK! Hackathon Demo Party showcase student innovation

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Students were excited to showcase their computer science projects at the SPARK! Hackathon Demo Party on Sunday evening.

Twenty local schools participated in the weekend-long event where students learned coding, team building, and other skills using computer science.

Organizers of the event, like Zach Minster, say it is meant to ignite interest in technology building and set the stage for their future.

"I think we most strongly hope that students gain empowerment from this," said Minster. "Our biggest goal is that students walk away tonight super excited about what they are able to do on their own, super excited about going further with things and using the resources that they have available."

Students divided into groups to create their own projects. Mariah Payne and her partner created a game that will help motivate more young women to get involved in computer science.

"Computer science is very difficult because you have to stick with it and the logic can sometimes be difficult. But it's also important to keep going because you will eventually get it," said Mariah

The students say they cannot wait to use their skills in the outside world now.

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