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4/2/2019 at 12:07:06 PM GMT
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Looking for Student Mentors for Random Hacks of Kindness

My name is Patrice Gans.  I am the founder/executive director for a nonprofit called Random Hacks of Kindness Junior (https://rhokjr.og).  The mission of the non profit is to expose students (4-8th) grade for coding for Social Good by participating in a one-day hackathon.  At our "hackathons" we pair students with computer science mentors and local community nonprofits to create prototype smartphone apps.  

We are looking for high school computer science students to mentor at our upcoming hackathon with the Girl Scouts of CT on Saturday, April 6  at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT.  They would need to be there for the whole day (8:00 - 3:30), lunch is provided.

The mentor works with 3-5 students and a nonprofit.  During the event, the mentor guides the students through the App Design process, starting with brainstorming, screen layout and design, coding, testing and presenting.  They make sure that the students are engaged during the day. In addition, the mentor’s job is to make sure that all students are heard, engaged, and working together to form a cohesive team.  The main goal of the event  is to show kids that coding is not difficult, it's fun, and that if you learn to code you can change, influence, and help the world!

The app is designed in MIT App Inventor.  Each mentor needs to be familiar with this programming language.  There are tutorials online to help with that process. Mentors are not expected to be App Inventor experts; their primary role is to guide the students through the coding process, while the students do the actual coding.  The goal is NOT to create a completed App, but more importantly to learn about the overall design process and the potential that technology has to make a difference. The students don't need any additional coding experience then they would have received in class.  I also have materials that I can share that would help prepare them for the event.

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