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Computing Club Mentors Children at 'Random Hacks of Kindness Junior' Event


Posted 05/14/2013
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UHart mentors (l to r): Richard Reilly, Tyler Benson, Dr. Brian Dorn, Will Acheson, Jameson Walsh, and Matt Stanko.

UHart mentors (l to r): Richard Reilly, Tyler Benson, Dr. Brian Dorn, Will Acheson, Jameson Walsh, and Matt Stanko.

Members of the University of Hartford Computing Club, the local student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery, served as mentors at the recent Random Hacks of Kindness Junior event in Newtown, Conn. 

Random Hacks of Kindness (RHOK) is a global initiative aiming to bring together volunteer innovators to create new technologies for the good of humanity.

The RHOK Junior event was hosted at Fraser Woods Montessori School in Newtown on May 4, and provided 4th-8th grade students a venue to explore computing by building websites and Android Apps focused on the needs of a particular nonprofit agency.  Local and national nonprofit organizations present at the event included Autism Speaks, Newtown Kindness, Ben's Bells, and Polar Bears International, among others.

Five University of Hartford undergraduate students from the Computing Club volunteered to mentor, assist and teach children about programming as they worked on their apps during the day-long event.  They also will continue their mentoring role virtually for children who intend to continue development of their apps following the event.

More information on the RHOK Junior event can be found at www.rhok.org/event/rhok-junior.

The Computing Club welcomes students of any major.  If you are interested in joining or would like more information about the club, please contact Matt Stanko at mstanko@hartford.edu.

UHart mentors (l to r): Richard Reilly, Tyler Benson, Dr. Brian Dorn, Will Acheson, Jameson Walsh, and Matt Stanko.

UHart mentors (l to r): Richard Reilly, Tyler Benson, Dr. Brian Dorn, Will Acheson, Jameson Walsh, and Matt Stanko.