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Three Sartartia Middle School Students Win Meta Engineering Challenge

(FORT BEND ISD) - Three Sartartia Middle School Computer Science students won Meta’s Engineer for the Week challenge.

Leila Youssef, Riho Kobayashi and Rebecca George designed The Portable Classroom to address a problem in their community. They received $1,000 to donate to a local non-profit organization of their choice, and they chose Attack Poverty.

Sartartia MS Computer Science Teacher Ian Macintyre recognized that through problem-solving and creative design in computer science, his students were able to design a product that can make a positive impact.

The Portable Classroom makes education more accessible to children in difficult situations. It includes text-to-speech, solar power, interactive puzzles, and translation to multiple languages through Google APIs.

“Their product was selected out of hundreds of submissions, and their ability to identify a need and design a real solution is impressive,” Macintyre said.

During a recent visit to the Attack Poverty community center, Director Darius Austin showed the FBISD students how their $1,000 donation helped provide essential resources to families in need.

“Attack Poverty is making a real difference and the students were excited to contribute to the organization,” Macintyre said.

Meta's Engineer for the Week program introduces learners to the power of STEM and provides a pathway for them to make a real impact in their communities. Over the course of 15-20 hours, learners work with adult facilitators to build tech prototypes that address a social issue.


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