Mentor Overview

Franklin University has teamed up with AT&T to host the “CBusStudentHack – Coding for Community: The Discovery District – Get Connected!” for Central Ohio high school students in spring of 2017. Teams of high school students from the greater Columbus area will be invited to learn MIT’s App Inventor & Meteor and compete in developing mobile apps focused on Columbus’ Discovery District. The event will present a great opportunity to engage those schools and students in not only learning to program but also in providing students with 21st century skills.

Computer Science graduates, undergraduate students, IT Professionals, and amateur coders are invited to volunteer as mentors for the High School teams. This unique experience will bring tremendous benefits to volunteering mentors, including the below:

  • Give back to the community by sharing your technical and professional skills with High Schools students.
  • Give High School students an opportunity to learn how to create technology and maybe help a kid learn how to write their first piece of code!
  • Interact and build connections with great organizations such as AT&T and GE.
  • Learn how to teach HS students to learn and develop mobile apps with MIT’s App Inventor and Meteor.
  • Mentor your team to solve problems from March to April, 2017.

Mentor responsibilities will include the below:

  • Act as a technical and professional advisor for the mentoring teams.
  • Help mentoring teams with app ideas.
  • Help mentoring teams understand programming basics like variables, data types, control structures, data structures etc.,
  • Help mentoring teams understand and practice soft skills such as team work, presentation, communication, articulating concepts and professionalism.
  • Ensure mentoring teams are on track with deadlines such as the app progress report submission and final submission.
  • Track and report back mentoring team’s progress to the CBusStudentHack committee on a regular basis.
  • Interact directly with GE contacts for any API issues that the teams may encounter.

Timeline of commitment:

  • Coordinate with assigned teams, CBusStudentHack committee and Microsoft to perform above stated responsibilities from March 3rd to April 28th.

If you would like to be part of this great experience and give High School students a skill for life, you can volunteer as a mentor by emailing your information to:

Visit our event website for more information:

Should you have any questions, contact Shana Loveless at