which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming —OXFORD DICTIONARIES • hack (cut with rough or heavy blows, cobble together) • marathon (note: has nothing to do with security / breaking into things)
• High time involvement • Discovery • Hackathon Students have 2—5% higher GPA! • (note: not signiﬁcant) • Our hypothesis: • Does not cause / impact GPA • Self-selects a high achieving group of students time participant noted:“While working on a project with was fun, and I learned a lot from it, the chance to talk r like-minded people and meeting mentors was deﬁnitely the most invaluable experiences from the event.” ome mentors - they really made it for me.” CADEMIC PERFORMANCE ble 3, we present a term-by-term analysis of Cu- and Term GPAs for Undergraduate students dur- existence of our program. (Some numbers / mea- e withheld for institutional privacy and administra- sons.) While we do not expect a single weekend ch year to have a measurable impact on a student’s ance, does the long-term impact on student morale, ity, self-conﬁdence and peer-learning have a bear- academic performance? One concern is that the d time involvement of such extracurricular events with homework and class projects, and are a time- a student’s already busy academic schedule: they ve a negative impact on in-class performance. In Category / Measure Au 13 Sp 14 Au 14 Sp 15 Hackathon Undergrads Count 129 132 160 148 Term GPA 3.136 3.073 3.155 3.131 Cumulative GPA 3.243 3.218 3.177 3.193 Degree-Seeking Undergrads Term GPA 3.031 3.066 3.073 3.121 Cumulative GPA 3.071 3.088 3.088 3.112 Hackathon CSE-BS Count 70 71 71 64 Term GPA 3.192 3.124 3.204 3.141 Cumulative GPA 3.254 3.242 3.224 3.231 Non-Hackathon CSE-BS Count 621 Term GPA 3.025 Cumulative GPA 3.123 Table 3: Average Cumulative and Term GPAs for Un- dergraduate students. Hackathon-participating students have small (2–5%) but consistently higher GPAs than non- participating students.
CSE instructors (2015): • “…Typically at the end of the semester the excitement level is low, but I’ve been getting a number of comments from students about how the Hackathon recharged their interest in their CS coursework even as the slog of the semester had been getting them down on their classes overall.” • “Talking to my students about their experience this week, they were unanimously positive and still excited about have participated. The community feeling has even carried over into closed labs this week, with groups spontaneously forming to solve problems, and students moving around the lab to meet up with others and talk about the assignments. ”
this event gave me time to learn how to implement real world applications of Computer Science” • "The ability to sit down for an extended period of time and just work on a project allowed me to accomplish more in 24 hours than I have since the start of the school year and it made me feel like I actually did something useful for once."
friends was fun, and I learned a lot from it, the chance to talk to other like- minded people and meeting mentors was deﬁnitely one of the most invaluable experiences from the event.” “It was so cool that mentors were available through the night to provide guidance and talk about how the projects we were working on would apply in the real world.”
student + CSE undergraduate student • Met at event • Semester-long research: 3D Robot Arm controlled by gestures • Went on to become an URO-funded project • Commercialization: Retail discount app • Recently launched on the app store