Build a Better Community Together
Celebrating and recognizing the unbridled imagination of primary and secondary students across the state, the Nextech CSfor Good challenges K-12 Hoosier students to innovate, create and build positive change in their schools and local communities.
Students teams from elementary, middle and high schools are invited to show off their computer science skills by submitting a technology project – either a software application, website, physical computing device or prototype (digital or paper) – that demonstrates how computer science can be used for good when applied to real problems that affect their schools and communities.
The top teams from each division are invited the Nextech CSforGood Celebration at the Indiana Statehouse during Computer Science Education Week to showcase their projects, along with how they honed their problem solving, teamwork and CS skills, to a panel of judges, legislators, policy leaders, influencers and the tech community.
Our goal is to build confidence in students’ CS skills and provide an avenue to display creativity and ingenuity. Specifically students will:
- Deepen understanding of how technology can be applied to solve real-world problems
- Deepen technical skills
- Increase interest in pursuing a career in technology
- Increase confidence in my technical / coding abilities
- Increase motivation to pursue a career in technology
The authentic projects created by students from across the state uncover issues that they see in their everyday lives. Our hope is that their ideas morph into reality as these students become the next generation of the tech.
Our robot is a mask detector. It can detect if you are wearing a mask. We used artificial intelligence to train the mask detector. Then we made a robot arm that will pick up the mask and hand it to them if the AI says you’re not wearing one. This robot can solve the problem of people not wearing their masks, which is important to prevent them from being sick or to spread Covid.
Our project solves the problem of pollution by taking pictures with a drone in polluted parks, running that through a program to determine if there is trash in the photo, and putting pictures of trashy parks on our website. This involves CS by putting those pictures through an artificial intelligence that we trained to identify trash then transfer that information to this website to tell people where the trash is.
Hamilton Southeastern High School
The food scarcity problem is rampant throughout our school, and not much is being done to get the resources from our school’s shelter to the students that need them. Our website aims to address the CSforGood problem by providing accessible, anonymous, and easy to find and use access to these resources in a responsive and user friendly experience.