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4/15/2019 at 10:19:42 AM GMT
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Student Mentors Needed, Random Hacks of Kindness

Link to next Random Hacks of Kindness Event is HERE.

Please see following invitation from Patrice Gans, the event organizer:

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 on Saturday, April 27 Wesleyan University in Middletown, 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.

For additional information contact Patrice Gans,



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