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First Robotics

Who: FIRST Robotics

When: December 2014

Where: Sydney

Website: https://firstaustralia.org/

FIRST‘s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders through exciting mentor-based programs in a competition setting. Led by Change Makers Luan and Michael Heimlich, this is an Australian offshoot of the US First STEM Project, to interest children in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

First Robotics provide activities for Australian school children using robots (including Lego robot kits). During the RHoK Sydney summer hackathon the team concentrated on how to market the activities to parents and teachers. The team produced style guides, wire-frames and surveys for the website.

Right Click Community

Who: Right Click Community

When: Summer 2015

Where: Melbourne

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/rightclickcommunity/

Existing Code: https://github.com/RHoKAustralia/rightclick-ios.git

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Right Click Community is a social enterprise that runs tech classes for seniors, taught by teenagers. It aims to bridge the generational divide while helping seniors find supportive, non-judgemental technology help at a price they can afford. They aim to be a sustainable community program that will run using the pay what you can business model. This will allow them to cover costs, pay their teen volunteers and ensure that all seniors will be able to participate in a class or drop by to have a tech question answered.

At the Summer 2015 Melbourne Hackathon RHoK volunteers helped them develop an IOS app that functions as a notetaker. It allows teens to take photos of each step they are showing their senior - on any device - and create a set of visual, digitally annotated notes that they can send to a wireless printer or email right away. We also put together a web application back-end to the app which will collect important metrics about how teens teach the seniors, what questions are most common and how long each session runs for. This app and back end is going to allow Right Click to be so much more effective. Seniors will remember what they have been taught and the organisers will be able to monitor what strategies the teens are using that are most effective. They will also now be equipped with metrics and data about their successes that will help them greatly in grant applications and forging new partnerships with local communities.