By Mark Ellebracht - WBGZ Radio
A team of 10 Marquette Catholic High School students took part in the second annual World Wide Technology “Hackathon” last weekend in St. Louis, and placed 3rd. It was the first time Marquette was invited to take part and the honor earned the school $2,500 to be used for technology.
The challenge for each team was to identify a problem or a challenge in their school or community and use technology to find a solution. Over the course of several weeks, the students developed a Safety and Security System that allows administration to know the current location of students. The plan included a special student ID that could be read by RFID readers in the doorways of each room, and the team then designed a system of lights that tells the students if it is safe to flee, or if they should stay in an area. World Wide Technology provided each team with $500 to purchase supplies, but the students did all the planning. The students in the group are Rachel Grimaud, Konnor Morrissey, Faith Griffon, Marshall Youngblood, Ketoura Ngwa, Danielle Folkerts, Ryan Wickenhauser, Stephen St. John, Claire Chappee and Joe Kuebrich. Mrs. Michele Sands is the coordinator of the group and teaches the Intro to Engineering Class at Marquette.
World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT) is a leading technology integrator with more than $7 billion in annual revenue that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions to large public and private organizations. Through its culture of innovation, WWT inspires, builds and delivers business results, from idea to outcome. Based in St. Louis, WWT works closely with industry leaders including Boeing (NYSE: BA); Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO); EMC (NYSE: EMC); AT&T Inc., (NYSE: ATT); VMware; NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP); Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and the U.S. Air Force. WWT employs more than 3,000 people and operates over 2 million square feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space in more than 20 facilities throughout the world.