Flashback to 2004, when Lauren Sisson arrived in her chemistry class to begin studies as an engineering major at UOIT in Oshawa to find only 5 of the 150 students were female. Maybe it was a sign, as the following year she switched to the female-dominated nursing program, eventually working as an RN for almost a decade. Last year she went back to school to study math and computer science at another university to find that not much had changed in the student demographic: less than 20% of her classmates were female. Believing this reluctance of women to pursue studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs was due to nurture rather than nature, Lauren embarked on a mission to build confidence and fill in the gaps in young girls by offering Coding classes for youngsters. Her focus is on teaching girls and women who remain significantly under-represented in tech and engineering fields. Not to discriminate, she is also gauging interest in the course from boys. Her goal is to make Cavan-Monaghan the next Tech Hub.
What will participants learn? Coding is the process of transforming ideas, solutions and instructions into language that a computer can understand. Basically, coding allows people to talk to computers. Learning to program helps students develop problem-solving skills, encouraging rational thought as well as creativity.
Participants will learn programming languages working on fun, collaborative projects. They might design their own website, create a video game, and even build their own coding computer. The classes will appeal to those who love solving puzzles, drawing and playing video games. A laptop is required. To learn more about the programs on offer, visit the website at www.codinggirlscanada.lovestoblog.com.