STEM Hacks

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Jan 28 2017 | McMaster University


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

Groups of middle students will pair up with mentors on January 28th, 2017 to come up with an awesome solution that will be presented to a panel of judges for prizes!

Frequently Asked Questions


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

Where and when is STEM Hacks?
STEM Hacks will take place on January 28th, 2017 at McMaster University from 9 AM - 6 PM.

How much does it cost?
Registration is $20, which covers the cost of breakfast, lunch, two snacks, and access to all the equipment you'll need!

How do I pay my registration fee?
Registration fees can be paid online through a simple and secure transaction! (Visa, MasterCard)

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 6 - 8. Students fom all over Ontario are welcome!

How do the teams work?
There will be time at the event to find a team to work with, but if you already know who you want in your group get them to register as well.

I have more questions!
No problem, just send us an e-mail at 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 3 - 4 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.


STEM Hacks is also looking for Mentors to facilitate student groups during the event. In addition, we are looking for 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)


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