We're looking for Toronto's most creative 9 to 13-year-old girls. Know anyone like that?
Does your girl want to make a difference? Is she passionate about changing the world? That's what Girls Learning Code March Break Camp is all about! Let us show your girls all the possible ways communicate her message in our first ever multimedia camp!
What is Multimedia?
Multimedia is using multiple forms of digital communication to tell a story.
In small groups, our campers will decide what kind of message or story they want to send. It can be as simple as "Save Our Planet By Recycling" to as complex as "Let's Fight World Hunger", it's totally up to them!
The groups will work throughout the week on creating a website (using HTML and CSS and Mozilla Thimble) to showcase their message. In addition, each day, the girls will be introduced to a different type of digital media that will help them expand their audience. They will get an opportunity to play with and explore that media, creating an addition to their message that will also be added to their website.
We're going to guide them through sound production and editing, video production and editing with Mozilla Popcorn, blogging with Tumblr, and much much more!
Campers will also get a chance to visit a cool tech company to learn all about the professional world of multimedia on our field trip.
Come join us on a week long adventure through the digital world of communication. Let's change the world together!
Theme: Using Multimedia to Change the World
(This week will feature new curriculum, ideal for campers who attended our March Break Camp and Summer Camp in the past, as well as girls who are new to Girls Learning Code.)
When: March Break - Monday March 11th - Friday March 15th 9:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Mozilla 366 Adelaide Street West, Suite 500
Cost: $375.00 for five full days of learning. As always, scholarships are available for those who would otherwise not be able to attend. Apply for a full or partial scholarship here.
What campers will learn and do:
- Work with a group to come up with a message that they want to share with their community. It can be as simple as "Save Our Planet By Recycling" to "Let's Solve Third World Hunger", it's totally up to them!
- Learn HTML & CSS and use Mozilla Thimble it to create a webpage about your message (you can share it with your friends, if you want!)
- Learn how to expand their audience by using blogging as a means of communicating their message (we'll use Tumblr, a free and popular blogging platforms)
- Learn how to create compelling video content, then shoot and edit that content using Mozilla Popcorn
- Learn how to edit sound to create audio/songs/sound effects that reinforce their message
- Participate in one or more field trips to cool technology companies (last March, we visited Google!)
- Present (with their team and a microphone) each day, to practice for a big presentation for the community on the final day of camp (parents and family are invited!)
- Play (offline) games and make crafts
- Plus much, much more!
Founded by the same women who introduced Ladies Learning Code in 2011, Girls Learning Code is less about “code” and more about changing the world – through teamwork, creativity, and, of course, technology. After a successful March Break camp, we responded to numerous requests from both campers and parents and offered a summer program in 2012. And now we are back again. This March Break, 40 of Toronto’s most creative 9-13 year old girls will join us to participate in the city’s only all-girls technology camp. Hosted by Mozilla, and supported by some of the coolest technology companies, this camp experience is designed to help girls see technology in a whole new light – as a medium for self-expression, and as a means for changing the world.
We want to help girls:
1. Discover a passion for learning about technology
2. Experience the satisfaction that comes from being a builder – not just consumer – of the web and technology
3. Become more confident and self-assured
4. Develop a willingness to try new things
5. Increase their knowledge of technology-related careers
…all while having fun!
What Makes Girls Learning Code Different?
Girls Learning Code has been designed specifically with girls in mind, by the team who founded Ladies Learning Code. When developing plans and curriculum for the camp, we keep in mind a recurrent theme in research on gender and technology: girls approach the computer as a “tool” useful primarily for what it can do; boys more often view the computer as a “toy” or an extension of the self. Thus, the theme of each week will be “Changing the World” and technology will be used as the means, not the end.
Check out this video of our last Girls Learning Code camp. Or this one.
What parents say about Girls Learning Code:
“My daughter went to the camp without a clear understanding of what a tech camp for girls was but was pleasantly surprised by the experience. She enjoyed every single day at the camp and showed great enthusiasm about the topic she and her group chose to present. I would not hesitate to send her to another tech camp with LLC whenever the opportunity arises.”
“My daughter wasn’t sold on the idea of attending a “technology camp” for March Break. By the second day she was raving about how much fun she was having AND how much she was learning. What a great combination!”
“I learned about Girls Learning Code from the Toronto Star. I looked into it and I thought it was such a great opportunity for my daughter to be exposed in the field of technology. I was really happy that she went to Girls Learning Code because she was introduced to different programming languages, exposed to companies like Google and Mozilla and had to work with different girls she’s never met before. I wish my older daughter who is now in first year university had the same opportunity as her sister.”
“This was a great iniative that is needed to encourage females to become leaders in computer technology field. It was inspiring for my daughter to visit Google, to see a modern office space, to see a bilingual women in a leading position at Google. This camp provided a perspective to girls that they not only can play and use technology, they can design, create and become leaders in technology.”
“My daughter had a blast, the other campers were a great bunch of girls, they learned, grew and had fun. The venue was well chosen, the balance of activities was good. The extra little touches of caring were noticable and appreciated. The camp was down to earth and unpretentious but the counsellors took their jobs seriously. A+. I will recommend to other parents.”