VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – TECHNOVATION CHALLENGE MENTORS
- October 30, 2017
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INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURS
The Technovation Challenge is the largest and longest-running global technology competition exclusively for girls to inspire the pursuit of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Mentors can be educators, parents, technology, or business professionals, after school coordinators, etc.
Each mentor (or team of mentors) works with a team of 5 girls to guide them through each week of Technovation’s 12 or 20-week curriculum starting in January or October. The October start date is suggested for new teams to get acclimated to the program.
Girls see their mentors as role models and look to them for guidance on how to overcome obstacles and solve problems when working on challenging projects. Teams of 2 to 4 mentors can divide the topics they mentor (e.g. one helping with coding, one helping with business topics, etc) or alternate attendance from one week to the next.
Some mentors have a background in computer science, but many do not. The primary value students receive from mentors is access to a role model and stories of real-world experiences. Mentors might not know the answer to every question their teams ask them, but they have experienced not knowing all the answers in the past and can guide the teams to move forward anyway.
Participants – Professionals in the education, technology, engineering, or business fields
Eligibility – Comfort and confidence in learning and coaching, especially for technology products; prior coding or app development experience is welcome but not necessary
Commitment – 25-50 hours: 2+ hours per week for 12 weeks from Jan through Apr (meeting times for many teams are right after school, so workplace flexibility is important); or co-mentor and share the commitment with another mentor.