For complete camp information, please visit http://girlslearningcode.com.
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. On March 12th to 14th, 2012, 40 of Toronto’s most creative 11-14 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 Toronto’s 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 kept 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 the week will be “Changing the World” and technology will be used as the means, not the end.
At Girls Learning Code, campers will spend part of the week working on a group project with a team. They’ll be creating a website for a cause that they care about, and will present their progress at the end of each day. Much of the learning experience will be girl-directed – if a group decides that they’d like to include a video on their website, we’ll help them to create one. If they’d rather include photos, we’ll help them to take photos, or find suitable alternatives on the internet. This camp is about unleashing creativity, and we’re committed to that.
Of course, the girls will also learn about and experience several fun technology tools over the course of the week. They’ll be introduced to the concept of paired programming, and will work with tools like Mozilla’s Hackasaurus, MIT’s Scratch, and will also be introduced to the Python programming language through a fun and interactive MadLibs-style activity.
For more information about the camp schedule and curriculum, please click here. Before registering your daughter for Girls Learning Code, please review our terms and conditions.