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ECU launches Girls Programming Network (GPN)

Friday, 25 August 2017

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On Saturday, 19 August 2017, the School of Science officially launched their GPN@ECU-Perth computer science program. 50 girls registered for the event with 20 volunteers tutoring these girls. The volunteers are a mix of undergraduate/postgraduate students, teachers, industry experts and ECU alumni. We are lucky to have such wonderful people making themselves available to support GPN.The program is growing and we are finding enrolments coming from Rockingham across to the hills. There is a growing need to obtain more tutors!

GPN aims to provide a relaxed environment where high school girls of various ability get to develop their coding skills. The tutors work alongside the students as they learn to program in Python. It is the conversations on the side that make this program rich.

GPN runs every school term engaging in different aspects of computer and security science. The theme of the weekend was encryption where the students learned to decrypt and encrypt information. Claire Quinlan put the booklets together for the event, whilst Lynette Lowe, Jaxa Mokoto and Bonnie Lampard lead the classes.

The launch also recognised these ladies along with Priya Rabadia, Lynn Wood, Kaye Bradford, Michelle Chomiak and Caitlin Bathgate for their continued support. The increase in numbers and the success of GPN has also allowed Joanne Churchill and Bex Hirdman to be recognised and awarded GPN Ambassadors.

We look forward to the further expansion of GPN.

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