STEM Hacks

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Feb 8 2020 | McMaster University

"Our team was all girls and we won first place for the Engineering challenge - I still can't believe we did it!" - 1st place team member STEM Hacks 2019

"We learned how to do coding and then made a virtual car move on its own. It was pretty epic." - participant, STEM Hacks 2019

About


STEM Hacks is a fun one day hackathon where middle school students solve a challenge related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Groups of middle school students will pair up with mentors on February 8th, 2020 to come up with an awesome solution to either a Science or Engineering related challenge, which will be presented to a panel of judges for prizes!

Frequently Asked Questions

(Participants)


What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an event where groups of people come together to solve a problem.

Where and when is STEM Hacks?
STEM Hacks will take place on February 8th, 2020 at McMaster University from 9 AM to 6 PM.

How much does it cost?
Registration in $30, which covers the cost of breakfast, lunch, two snacks, and access to all the supplies, equipment and technology you'll need!

What is the Engineering Challenge about?
The Engineering Challenge is CODING focused: Requires using coding to design a system that solves a problem. In this challenge, you will be using a computer to do coding using an Arduino board (C language); you will be using various sensors and outputs to design something.

How do I pay my registration fee?
Registration fees can be paid online through a simple and secure transaction (Visa, MasterCard) or at the door when you arrive.


What problem will we be solving at STEM Hacks?
Our challenge is top-secret and will be revealed at the hackathon. Join us. We need your help!

Who can sign up for STEM Hacks?
Anyone! Well... anyone in Grades 5 - 8. Students from all over Ontario are welcome!

How do the teams work?
If you have a team already, include their names on your registration form so we can put you together. If you don't have a team, we'll help you find one!

What is the Science Challenge about?
The Science Challenge is DESIGN focused: Requires applying scientific principles to design a working prototype that solves a problem. In this challenge, you will be designing & building something from scratch using tools & supplies provided at the event (no coding involved).

I have more questions!
No problem, just send us an e-mail at [email protected] and we would be happy to answer all your questions.

(Mentors & Volunteers)


STEM Hacks sounds really cool. How can I be involved?
Awesome! We're looking for Mentors and Volunteers to help facilitate the event. Check out the section below to sign up!

Who can sign up to be a mentor?
Anyone with science and/or engineering knowledge looking to be a positive role model for youth can be a Mentor. Mentors are required to have a police check.

How do the teams work?
You will be assigned a team based entirely on your areas of expertise (science or engineering) and will find out who your team is at the hackathon.

What will mentors do?
Mentors will support one team of 4 - 5 middle school students in solving the STEM challenge. You will find a balance between helping solve the challenge, and facilitating the group.

How much does it cost to mentor?
Registration is FREE for mentors and includes breakfast and lunch for the day! Come and enjoy a fun day with bright, young superstars and we'll take care of the rest.

Who can sign up to be a volunteer?
Anyone who loves to work collaboratively as part of a team and enjoys executing awesome events is free to join! High school students are also welcome! We're excited to have you on board.

Mentors & Volunteers


STEM Hacks is looking for awesome Mentors to facilitate student groups during the event and Volunteers who can help create a fun space for participants to explore STEM.


Mentors must have a valid police check.

(Check out the F.A.Q. for more information)

Contact


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+1 (289) 887-2157