“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

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Hudson County Hackathon

This summer, the Liberty STEM Alliance will be kicking off its inaugural Hudson County Tri-District Hack-A-Thon, a marathon software and hardware product creation event. The Hack-a-Thon provides an opportunity for 5th – 7th grade students of all backgrounds to come together and learn a skill that can help their community. For this initiative, students from Jersey City Public Schools, Union City Public Schools, and Hoboken Public Schools will participate in a Hack-a-Thon to prepare a practical solution to a group-identified problem confronting students and residents of Hudson County.

The educational impact of this program will be magnified due to the inclusion of parent events, a teacher professional development series focused on coding and app design, and the opportunity for student alumni to mentor future cohorts. The Hudson County Hack-a-Thon is not only an opportunity to introduce students to new skills and discover new applications for STEM education but also provides an opportunity for the many partners of the Liberty STEM Alliance to work together towards a common cause.

Venue

June 2, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07305

 

Keynote Speaker

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Eduardo McLean

Eduardo McLean has led a remarkable career in technology, working for Fortune 500 firms and a technology startup. Spending over 10 years at Goldman Sachs as VP of Technology, Mr. McLean subsequently spent a few years at tech startup, Rent The Runway. Currently, Mr. McLean works at Google as Senior Software Engineer. Mr. McLean holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from MIT.

Mr. McLean looks forward to sharing his narrative from his humble beginnings growing up as a Latino with blue collar parents in Huntington Park, Los Angeles, graduating from MIT and having a successful career in technology.

Support

While the inaugural Hack-a-Thon involves 3 school districts, there is a pressing need for other STEM partners to support the program.

To meet the goals of increasing meaningful community participation in STEM, the Hack-a-Thon planning committee is seeking

  • Food vendors to donate any or all of the following meals: breakfast, lunch, snacks.
  • Volunteers to help with event set-up, event registration, day-of logistics, and event cleanup.
  • College or graduate student mentors to assist the students as they design their projects.
  • Business and industry mentors to assist the students as they design their projects.
  • Business and industry partners who can provide judges to determine the Hack-A-Thon winner.
  • Funding support to assist with event costs.

Partners

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Liberty STEM Alliance

Liberty STEM Alliance is a renowned community dedicated to enriching STEM opportunities in Hudson County by incorporating all voices, creating pathways, and serving as an information hub. We are a network of organizations, institutions, and educators working together to increase participation in STEM services available to youth, adults, educators, and families in the Hudson County area. Liberty STEM Alliance was one of four communities selected by the New Jersey STEM Pathways Network to participate in a statewide campaign to reimagine STEM learning and prepare New Jersey’s future workforce for STEM fields. We are also part of the larger National STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative.

LSA Team

Lauren Morse

Teacher Programs Developer
Lauren Morse works as a Teacher Programs Developer for Liberty Science Center, planning and facilitating STEM workshops for teachers throughout the NY/NJ region. Prior to this role, she taught for several years in the Greater Newark area. She has a Bachelors degree from Macalester College and a Masters degree from the University of Denver.
Contact: Lmorse@lsc.org or 201-253-1564
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Latinas in STEM

Our mission is to inspire and empower Latinas to pursue, thrive and advance in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Our primary purpose is to spread awareness about STEM and inspire and encourage middle school and high-school  Latinas, especially within underserved communities, to strongly consider pursuing a STEM career. We aim to not only educate students, but most importantly their parents so that they may be better positioned to support their daughters along this challenging journey. Our secondary purpose is to help Latinas in STEM thrive in their college and professional careers through mentorship, networking and recognition.

Our goals are to:
1. Inspire young women to consider STEM careers
2. Increase the number of Latina women pursuing STEM careers
3. Create a network that helps women in STEM thrive

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Jersey City Public Schools

The Jersey City Public School District is one of the most diverse school districts in the country. It serves 28.562 students from diverse backgrounds: 32% African American, 38% Latino, 17% Asian, 11% White, and 2% identified as either multiracial, Native American or Pacific Islander.

The Jersey Public School District is committed to excellence and equity for all students. Within the curriculum and instruction department students are provided with rigorous academic programs that foster college and career readiness. The Jersey City Science Department strives to achieve and maintain a level of excellence in the delivery of STEM based instruction. Our mission is to ensure that every student becomes an effective scientific communicator, contributor, critical thinker and problem solver.

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Union City Public Schools

The Union City Board of Education belongs to the community. We believe that a happy, productive and safe community is the key to the well-being of all Union City residents.

Recognized across the nation as an urban leader with award winning schools and high student test scores, Union City has the key to a quality education. We have the keys to build new schools and public libraries. We have the keys to offer you free preschool, health screening, adult education and/or training for new jobs.