What is a Hackathon? A lot of people ask us, what is a Hackathon, and why are we doing it with kids? The answer to why is easy: kids are the best innovators. As for what a Hackathon is, that is more difficult to explain. You see, the goal of a Hackathon is not to create a perfectly polished code or a finished app or game that works. The goal is to come up with the best possible solution to a real-world problem using technology. We teach them to embrace a debugging mindset and to persevere when faced with problems to take their ideas from concept to a prototype all in the span of an 8-hour day! Our Junior Hackers work together in ways they never have before. They think outside the box, communicate effectively, and share ideas with all who will listen.
Hackathon Jr. a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is a new youth learning competition to encourage children ages 9-13 years old to engage in STEM education. Hackathon Jr.’s mission is two-fold:
To provide children in underrepresented communities, access, and equity to STEM education, therefore, leveling the playing field.
To increase the emotional intelligence of the children who are immersed in technology through collaboration and critical thinking. Encouraging the real-world application of technical skills with a focus on problem-solving.