Patrice Gans is the Executive Director of Random Hacks of Kindness. Random Hacks of Kindness Junior Inc (RHoK Jr.) is a nonprofit agency that provides elementary and middle school children (specifically 4th-8th grade) the opportunity to come together as problem solvers and innovators to make the world a better place.
RHoK Jr. Inc., in partnership with local schools, universities, businesses and charitable organizations, provides local youth the chance to create mobile apps for their communities. RHoK Jr. promotes “hacking” for good causes and computer science education for all. There has been a lot of press lately about exposing students to computer programming the “app competitions” and “hackathons”. RHoK Jr. embraces that concept, while simultaneously providing students a venue for focusing on solving real problems for real people.
RHoK Jr. Inc. was formed in direct response to the growing demand for computing skills in the workforce. The goal of the organization is to introduce students to the growing field of computer science and technology. The ultimate goal of the event is to empower students while simultaneously fueling their enthusiasm for a potential career in computer science. The anticipated short term outcomes is for participants to learn a variety of problem-solving skills, to become more familiar with the problems and concerns of their local community and the wider national community, and lastly to develop basic skills with computer programming.
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