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2021 Back to School Code-A-Thon Mentors

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We Connect The Dots

Students coding

This is our sixth annual code-a-thon taking place on January 29- 31st, 2020. Competing in diverse teams, students work to explore global issues and create a functional website that offers a solution to society. This weekend is not just about learning to code, it is about learning to work in teams, solve complex problems, cross collaborate, synthesize information, and most importantly meet new friends and have fun learning. The program is about getting students out of their comfort zones to learn 21st century workforce skills.

What will be expected of me as a mentor volunteer?

As a mentor volunteer you will be expected to support and guide the students during the program when they need help. See below for shifts available.

Do I have to have coding skills to volunteer?

No, coding skills are not required, but certainly are a plus if you have them. Either way you will learn through participating with the students. The most important skill or requirement is the desire to help students learn and motivate them to be successful. You will come away with new skills such as learning to code and organizational skills that you can apply in the workforce. Our program incorporates a variety of team building activities that support our goal to engage students to work collaboratively. The result is that by volunteering you will benefit from the experience and come away with valuable skills.

The program will be held virtually, on Microsoft Teams. Each volunteer will receive a Microsoft account for the duration of the program along with basic training to follow along with the students.

To learn more about the opportunity reach out to our team at cap@wctd.org, to learn more about the program please visit our website at https://www.we-connect-the-dots.org/2020-codeathon

Watch a video from a previous program:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDnoTKrVkms&feature=share

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About We Connect The Dots

Location:

180 Michael Drive, Syosset, NY 11791, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire and educate students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) careers. Through a collaboration with the community, education, government and the technology industry, WCTD provides awareness and education of the 21st Century workforce skills, as well as the opportunities available to students embracing STEAM careers. Impacting students at a local, national and global level, our programs create a hunger for learning that empowers students to find their own paths to success.

Description

The skills needed to succeed in todays complicated work environments challenge employers to find the resources with the right skills to be successful. We Connect The Dots will provide the necessary work skills needed for students to build strong careers in STEAM roles. By engaging in a partnership with communities, industry leaders, students and teachers, we will reduce the number of jobs that are filled by students outside the US. Creating a greater awareness to parents and students of the career possibilities and the skills necessary to succeed. Through an accelerated program and project based learning students will gain the experience that matches todays real world careers.

Children & Youth
Community
Education & Literacy

WHEN

Fri Jan 29, 2021 - Sun Jan 31, 2021
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM  

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Mentoring
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • STEM
  • Organization

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Mentors must be available for the entire duration of the program to assist a team of four students. This includes Friday evening, all of Saturday. and all of Sunday.

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