BRCC and partners to host inaugural Girls Hackathon Nov. 16

Free registration for high school girls interested in STEM

Baton Rouge Community College has partnered with the Foundation for EBR School System, Million Women Mentors – Louisiana, IBM, and other major supporters to host the inaugural Girls Hack [For Good] – an all-day girls’ hackathon, presented by BRCC’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program grant team.  The daylong event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 in the Cypress Building, BRCC Mid City, 201 Community College Drive. It is open to all regional high school girls who are interested in taking an idea and considering different ways technology can improve lives. The event is free and lunch and a t-shirt will be provided. Registration is required by Nov. 1. To register, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/girlshack2019

Hackathons are creative problem solving events where teams select a relevant community issue and hack ideas for solving it.  The morning portion of the event will introduce the challenge and organizational tools provided to plan tech products. The teams will brainstorm and select an issue to focus on and begin planning products. Teams will be aided by mentors (professional women in both the health and fitness industries). Women in IT industries and students will be on hand to teach MIT App Inventor and other drag and drop or block coding programs that will be used to facilitate development of coded products, such as Apps and websites. There will be interactive breaks, including yoga and healthy snacks. In the afternoon, teams will continue to design products and create a pitch video and posters for a gallery walk of their products. The teams will pitch their solutions to a panel of judges. There will be prizes for challenge winners, door prizes, and a pizza party for all. Parents are invited to hear presentations and attend the pizza party.

To learn more about the program, contact BRCC’s MSEIP grant coordinator, Dr. Mary Miller at millerm2@mybrcc.edu or Kim Fossey at Kim.Fossey@La-WIT.org.

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