GOAL Line Students Compete in National Hackathon

February 3, 2020



By - GOAL Line

January 21, 2020 09:16 PM

GOAL Line hosted the Verizon and Games for Change 5G Challenge Hackathon at Northwest Activities Center in December.  Detroit was the third city to host national event which took middle students from two GOAL Line schools, John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy and MacDowell Prep Academy and immersed them in a day of 5G technology challenges.  Students were tasked to come up with creative ways to show how 5G technologies will improve lives, empower communities and drive real-world change. 

During this one-day challenge, teams of students were introduced to Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies through a series of creative design challenges. Some of the amazing ideas the students came up with included: 

  • 5G Drone Delivery intended to reduce pollution from delivery vehicles like Amazon and UPS trucks
  • Hotspot Earrings which would allow the wearer to tap into WiFi anywhere at any time.
  • Virtual Reality Shopping allows the shopper to go grocery shopping without leaving the house on this app.  The shopper can actually pick out the items he wants in the aisles of the grocery store.

“The Hack-A-Thon was a great opportunity for the JRK students to shine in academic competition.  Students were able to use their creativity to help come up with solutions for real-world problems.  They were able to use technologies like AR and VR not necessarily available to the average classroom." - Ms. Roberston, Teacher at John R. King

Hackathon participants with their gifts


Augmented Reality Winners

  • Chicquia Smith
  • Cartier Jones
  • Asia Curry
  • Randy Trammell

Virtual Reality Winners

  • Serenity Dudley-Ward
  • Kennedy Walthall
  • Unique Allen
  • Ja’Niya Johnson

Energy Building Winners

  • Jason Gray
  • Schawne Jones-Wallace

Written by The Community Education Commission