Random Hacks Of Kindness Jr planning a virtual hackathon

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Published: Oct 23, 2021 7:30 am

NORWALK – FactSet Research Systems sponsors the upcoming Random Hacks of Kindness Jr (RHoK Jr) virtual hackathon, which is focused on life underwater. The three-hour programming program focuses on designing and programming apps that address the health of the world’s oceans and its impact on human life.

Three quarters of the earth is covered with water – and this water sustains life. It provides half of the oxygen in the atmosphere. This means that every second breath comes from the sea, according to a message for the event. But the ocean, which is home to half of the world’s known creatures and plants, faces multiple threats.

Work with RHoK Jr. and Devon Savard of the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk to create and develop apps that are dedicated to saving the oceans and their lives. Learn firsthand how technology can help you make positive change.

The program, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 30th, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., is open to students in grades 4-8. The event is public and does not require any prior programming experience. With Zoom, students work in pairs with mentors to prototype smartphone apps (using the APP LAB online app block programming language Code.org).

Students are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes to the virtual event. One lucky costumed participant will be selected at random and presented with an Amazon gift card thanks to FactSet Research Systems.

According to the organizers, RHoK Jr. is a great opportunity for high school and college students studying computer science to mentor and inspire young students while giving a technological boost to nonprofit groups.

Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. Inc. was developed by Patrice Gans to empower and inspire teenagers to use technology for social welfare. Gans, a technology teacher, organized the first Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. event at the Fraser Woods Montessori School in Newtown in May 2013. Since then, nearly 2,000 students from across Connecticut have come together to develop apps for nonprofits in their communities.

“Our events are designed to provide students with computer programming opportunities in schools, after-school programs, and other settings,” said Gans. “Coding is more than a computer game. Technology really has a purpose. “

Pre-registration is required. The registration fee for the event is $ 18. Participants can register by visiting RHoKJr’s website at rhokjr.org. For more information, contact Gans at [email protected]

Random Hacks of Kindness Jr Inc, developed by Newtown-based technology educator Patrice Gans, is planning its next virtual hackathon.


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