LUG: Epic STEM Challenge Mentors

Jack Rosenthal jrosenth at
Mon Nov 19 05:48:06 MST 2018

ACM and LUG,

I am sending on info if you would like to participate in a mentor
program for the Jefferson County Public Library. Mentors will receive a
$50 stipend and a t-shirt.

JCPL is preparing to host the Epic STEM Challenge.  This is an expanded
"Girls In STEM" initiative that was piloted in 2016 at Golden Library.
Middle school students at Belmar, Columbine, Golden, and Standley Lake
Libraries will dive into the world of science, technology, engineering
and math and compete individually or in teams – with the help of college
mentors – by developing STEM projects designed to change the world.
Winners of the Challenge will receive a $500 check toward their middle
school or home school organization.  Projects will fall into one of four
* Engineering & Environment
* Health & Nutrition
* Coding & Robotics
* Biomedicine

Mentors are college and university students studying in the STEM fields.
Each mentor will receive a $50 stipend and a T-shirt.  They will guide
up to 5 middle schoolers during a series of meetups at one of the four
library locations:

Meetup 1:  What’s the Plan?
Saturday, December 1 – at Belmar, Golden & Standley Lake Libraries
Sunday, December 2 at Columbine Library
Mentors will help students brainstorm and finalize their topics, develop thesis statements, and refine their projects' scopes.

Meetup 2: Clearing Roadblocks
Saturday, January 12
Mentors will guide students in tackling any problems that have cropped up during the prep time.

Meetup 3: Final Polish
Saturday, January 26
Mentors will help students tweak and polish their demonstrations and explanations and rehearse for judging.

If interested, please fill out this Google Form:

Jack M. Rosenthal                 (
Graduate Student, Computer Science )

There's only two hard problems in computer science: cache invalidation,
naming things, and off-by-one errors.

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