2019 Fox Valley Girls Coding Club x Fox.Build Girls Mini Hack-a-thon

Join us for the inaugural 2019 Fox Valley Girls Coding Club x Fox.Build Mini Hack-a-thon – hosted by Fox Valley Girls Coding Club and Fox.Build!

What: Mentored teams of middle school girls will use Codesters, Python and Makey Makeys to build something fun. Each project will combine a hardware and software component. Each team will work together to design and build the hardware (Makey Makey) and software (Codesters) elements for their project. Teams will share what they built at a ‘show and tell’ at the end of the day.


When: Monday June 10, 2019 9am-5:30pm

Where: Fox Build, 11 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174

Who: Five teams of 4-5 girls who are entering 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade in June 2019. Each of these teams will be paired up with 1-2 high school Fox Valley Girls Coding Club members.


  • To introduce local middle school girls to fun STEM hardware and software projects
  • To give our high school club members an opportunity to teach what they have learned this year and mentor a team
  • To be exposed to cool local groups, like Fox.Build!
  • To have fun with technology
  • To hang out and meet other girls with the same interests

How much does it cost? $10 entrance fee, collected on the morning of the event

What should I bring? Bring yourself, your laptop, entrance fee ($10), check-in form (emailed to registrants), a great attitude, and a willingness to learn!

What if I don’t know how to code? That’s ok! We will start the day off with a little workshop to get you started!

Is lunch included? YES!

How do I register? Register at this link:  2019 FVGCC Hack-a-thon Registration Form

Will there be tech swag? Of course!

Do I have to install anything on my laptop? No, but you will need a working USB port!

I have a Chromebook, is that ok? Probably not… we have a couple of spare laptops for use during the event. Let us know on the online registration form if you need one.

Can I share a laptop with someone else? Technically, yes, but you will probably learn more if you have your own laptop!

Can I be on a team with my friend? We can’t guarantee anything, but please make a note on your registration form and we will try our best.

What’s a Makey Makey? https://makeymakey.com/

What is Codesters? https://www.codesters.com/

Can I earn a Girl Scout patch for participating? We are working on this…stay tuned!

What is the schedule for the day?

  • 9am – 9:30am Check-in
  • 9:30am – 10:15am Codesters and Python workshop with Kahoots Game! (All teams together)
  • 10:30am – 11:00am Makey Makey Workshop (Break up into teams)
  • 11am – 4pm HACK (lunch served around noon, snack served around 2pm)
  • 4:30pm – 5:30pm Show and Tell (Parents Welcome)


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Why is this a “Mini” Hack-a-thon?  

Hack-a-thons typically last 24 hours and end with a formal competition.  This one will be a single day and end with a show and tell session where hackers can share what they built:-)

This is really cool, how can I help? 

  • be an adult mentor during the event!
  • make a donation of electric current conducting craft supplies 🙂
  • make a financial contribution – we will recognize corporate sponsors on our website!
  • donate swag – especially if you work at a cool tech company! 😉
  • donate snacks (feed coding brains!)
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