P.T. Team Attends Hackathon

A team of Penn-Trafford High School students recently competed in a ‘Hackathon,’ which is a term used to describe a computer code-writing competition (think ‘hacker’ and ‘marathon’).  The objective of the competition, sponsored by the Carnegie Science Center, was to create a smart design system for a home setting.

Penn-Trafford’s team of Dan Bracken, Zach Cassidy, Elias Emahizer, and Gregory Manyard developed software and a prototype of a smart home system, powered by a passcode design that triggered different events such as turning on lighting and a fan.


In a field of ten teams from around the Pittsburgh region, the P.T. team finished in second place.


Zach Cassidy, Dan Bracken, Elias Emahizer, and Gregory Manyard