Patrice Gans is the Founder and Executive Director of Random Hacks of Kindness Junior Inc (RHoK Jr.) is a nonprofit agency in Connecticut that provides elementary and middle school children (specifically 4th-8th grade) the opportunity to come together as problem solvers and innovators to make the world a better place. RHoK Jr. embraces the concept of providing students a venue for focusing on solving real problems for real people.
Since it's first formal "hackathon" in April 2015, RHoK Jr has; (a) Inspired over 1000 students (4-8th graders), 75% of the participants are girls, (b) Encouraged 300 high school students to mentor, (c) Connected with over 200 community organizations and local non-profits, (d) Created a network of high school mentors where 83% are eager to return, (e) Successfully inspired the young participants, so that over 90% say they would attend again in the future.
Patrice taught technology and computer science at Fraser Woods Montessori School in Newtown, CT for six years. While working at FWM, she was elected to the Computer Science Teachers Associations (CSTA) Board of Directors as their K8 Representative. Her role on the CSTA Board also entailed chairing the organization's K8 Task Force. Patrice remains an active member of the CT Chapter of CSTA.
An active member of the CT Computer Science community, Patrice has always championed teaching computer science to students starting in elementary school. Patrice is a passionate supporter of computer science for all.