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Girls just want to code

Girls just want to code

Saturday, Nov. 12 is National Girls Learning Code Day, and local community partners have come together to help girls start coding, and help the community explore the gender gap in the tech sector.

The first event, a Girls Learning to Code workshop, is a fun hands-on introduction to code for girls aged 8 to 12 using Scratch (www.scratch.mit.edu), an internationally acclaimed easy programming language for kids. The workshop will be held in Capilano University’s computer lab, so registrants do not need their own equipment.

The session runs from 1 to 4 pm on Nov. 12 and will be led by a team of women volunteers who work in the tech industry. There is room for up to 24 girls accompanied by an adult. Registration for this event is $10 at ShareThere,https://share-there.com

That evening, parents, educators and other interested community members are invited to a free screening of the film “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap.” This 2015 award winning U.S. documentary exposes the lack of female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide.A discussion will follow the film.

The screening will be held at 7pm Nov. 12 at Capilano University. It is free, but people are asked to register in advance via ShareThere.

For more information visit sctechhub.ca or call (604) 790-1845.   Submitted

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