February 7, 2017

For immediate release

Contact: Esther Watstein 203-332-5226
Kimberly Wood 203-332-5098

Housatonic Community College Holds Coding Training for Girl Scouts

Housatonic Community College (HCC) and Girl Scouts of Connecticut will conduct a Girl Scout Hackathon on March 4 in conjunction with the non-profit Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr.

Those Girl Scouts who are 4th – 8th grade students will work with college student mentors to learn how to code. They will be paired with non-profit organizations to develop prototype smartphone apps to support the efforts of the nonprofits. No prior coding experience knowledge is required.

The Hackathon starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration and runs until 3:30 p.m. Lunch and snacks are included. The fee for the Hackathon is $15 per girl. Parents may volunteer to help out for the day.

Random Hacks of Kindness Jr. empowers students to use technology to positively impact the challenges facing nonprofits in their communities. For more information, go to www.rhokjr.org

The Hackathon is consistent with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) events at HCC designed to encourage young students to direct their education in these areas.

To register for the Hackathon or for more information, contact Kimberly Wood at 203-332-5089 or contact Ellyn Savard at Girl Scouts esavard@gsofct.org.