Inspiration

As a computer science tutor, I've always looked up to Sal Khan and his work with KhanAcademy. I wanted to do something similar: create a platform that makes it easy for Computer Science educators to create online classes. And on top of that, as a game development enthusiast, I've always wanted to make my own game dev course.

What it does

Uses Firebase & GitHub Pages to host a configurable online class, with features for unit testing, graphic displays, and in-browser code editing. As an addition, we also made a sample game dev course, which will teach some of the basics of game development, and dive into the tech stack that we've explored in past hackathons.

How I built it

  • Ace Editor
  • Heroku
  • Firebase
  • GitHub Pages
  • JavaScript
  • WebRTC
  • HTML
  • CSS

Challenges I ran into

  • Getting the scripts & content from the in-browser editor to a display/tester was non-trivial; we had to set up a Heroku server with the Firebase Admin SDK
  • Coming up with a scalable & configurable architecture for the project was incredibly difficult, the first 24 hours were spent mostly on coming up with ideas

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

  • First time using Firebase Authentication in a project

What I learned

  • How to use Firebase Authentication and the Admin SDK
  • How to edit a MasterClass style video

What's next for FasterClass

  • More game development content! We plan to use the tool for hackathon workshops at our own universities
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