Random Hacks hackathon dedicated to Betty White

WOODBURY – Random Hacks of Kindness Junior is hosting its first virtual hackathon of 2022, from 9 a.m. to noon on January 17.

Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides hands-on learning experiences for young people where they apply technology to achieve social good. Students get hands-on exposure to the potential of computing and have the opportunity to use it in a way that will benefit others in their community by creating a prototype smartphone app for a local charity or a global cause, according to founder Patrice Gans.

Join Random Hacks of Kindness Junior and Kelly Stackpole of Rising Starr Horse Horse Rescue in honoring Betty White’s legacy of supporting animal rights – as it relates to animal health, conservation, rescue and rehabilitation. wildlife.

The three hour coding program will focus on designing and coding applications dealing with the health and welfare of horses. Children will experience firsthand how to use technology to create positive change.

Rising Starr Horse Rescue saves, rehabilitates, recycles and relocates abandoned, neglected or abused horses. By giving American horses a second chance at life, they give the community the chance to experience the love, patience and compassion that horses have for humans.

The January 17 program is open to students in Grades 4 to 8. The event is open to the public and does not require any prior coding experience.

Using Zoom, students will work in pairs with mentors to create prototype smartphone apps, using Code.org’s online application block programming language, APP LAB.

Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. Inc, was developed by Gans as an opportunity to empower and inspire young people to use technology for social good. Gans, a tech teacher, hosted the first Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. event at Fraser Woods Montessori School in Newtown in May 2013. Since then, nearly 2,000 students from across Connecticut have come together to create apps for them. non-profit organizations in their communities.

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

Pre-registration is required. The registration fee for the event is $ 18. Participants can register by visiting the RHoKJr website at https://rhokjr.org/event/hacking-for-betty-white/. For more information, contact Patrice Gans at [email protected]

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