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      Harvest Hacks 2019 (ADULT MENTORS) in Salinas

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      October 19, 2019

      Saturday   9:00 AM

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      Harvest Hacks 2019 (ADULT MENTORS)

      HarvestHacks 2019 is a first of its kind hackathon hosted by the Salinas Valley Dream Academy. The overall goal of this hackathon is to bridge the technology gap — to spark an interest in underrepresented middle school and high school students for coding, app/game/web design, software development and to educate students about the opportunities available to them in the technology industry. Here's some information specific for mentors: What​ will ​​mentors​ do at the hackathon​?  Mentors ​will be circulating among the middle and high school students to help groups of students brainstorm ideas for apps, video games, graphic designs, websites, etc...that they could begin to work on and then assist the students ​groups ​to execute the apps, video games, websites to the greatest extent possible so that the students would have something to show/present to the judges by the end of the hackathon. Mentors will be inspiring ideation and motivating student groups towards implementation! It's a limited period of time, of course, so we know that student groups are not going to be able to necessarily have a completed product but we are convinced that the students will benefit a great deal by working collaboratively with other students and mentors to attempt to develop a product. If, by the end of the event, student groups have a well thought out idea/vision and a viable schema that is capable of being implemented that would be a huge victory! We'd also like mentors to consider ​organizing ​a WORKSHOP for the attendees where mentors can educate ​students about a particular ​tech ​topic or describe a particular opportunity available to students wanting to study in the STEM fields (​presenting a workshop is ​optional​ but encouraged :-)​). Will this be a volunteer position for mentors? We can offer ​mentors ​community service hours along with food, a shirt, lanyard, and other swag to mentors who volunteer (and maybe $50 if we secure the funding we’re seeking​; TBD​). This is ​also ​an experience that ​college ​students and professionals can include on their resume or portfolio! ​Additionally, the entire event is going to be professionally video recorded and there will be several photographers as well who will be capturing the interactions between the mentors and the middle & high school students. Most importantly, mentors will be gaining the satisfaction of helping younger students gain a better understanding and greater confidence related to this potential field of study and career path. As you know, a caring and ​encouraging adult can make a huge positive difference in the life of a young person! Location and time commitment? The hackathon will be held in the STEM buildings at Hartnell College on Saturday, October 19. Registration will begin at 8 am and the event will conclude at 6 pm. Ideally, we'd like mentors to assist attendees from about 10-5 pm if possible but mentors can come out for less time if their schedules do not permit them to stay the entire time. We're flexible! If you’re going to present a WORKSHOP​ which ​begins​ at 10 am, we’d like mentors to arrive as early as they need to set up their workshop. We’d also like some mentors to consider being JUDGES at the end of the competition!! This coding and design event where students will learn about coding, computer programming, and software development, includes an opportunity to show what a student knows about website design, interface design, and project management.  Harvest Hacks 2019 is for EVERYONE! There will be 2 tracks at the hackathon and students can sign up for either track. TRACK #1 is for students with little or no experience with coding or design. Students in Track #1 will be introduced to coding and will be exposed to the many opportunities that exist for students in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). TRACK #2 is for students who have some experience with coding or design. Students in Track #2 will compete for prizes at the hackathon by creating an app, video game, or website related to the concept of harvest or harvesting crops, knowledge, information. These students will work in groups to create usable software or hardware with the goal of creating a functioning product or well thought out and viable schema by the end of the event. Several experienced adult mentors (college students or professionals) will be available to assist student groups throughout the entire process. The hackathon will be taking place on Saturday, October 19, 2019. It will be hosted at Hartnell College's brand new, state of the art STEM building. We are anticipating that about 150-200 students will attend. We have several amazing co-sponsors including Google, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Code As A Second Language,  Salinas Union High School District, Hartnell College, DigitalNEST, Future Citizens Foundation's Center for Learning, Margaret Inc., and Pedro Urquidi.

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