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Girls Programming Network – August workshop

Friday, 07 September 2018

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The Saturday GPN workshop bought together 60 girls from years 7 to 12 along with 20 tutors for a day of coding. The day was sponsored by IGA Beaumaris (thanks for keeping our bellies full and allowing our minds to stay on the job), and supported by university students, ECU alumni, and industry women. We all tested our memories of data structures and enjoyed the AI card game!

The workshop began with some social unplugged activities that helped with computational skill development. This was followed by the NCSS Challenge interspersed with GPN tutors sharing their journey and career pathways. We were lucky to have stars like Kira Malloy whose high school team recently won the Tech Girls are Superheroes App competition. Kira shared stories about her visit to Silicon Valley headquarters to major companies like Google and Dropbox. We also had ECU alumni and industry women who work for our local technology companies as well as teachers from independent, catholic and department schools. Such a good mix of talent and skills.

We were blessed with the presence of NCSS organisers (University of Sydney) - co founder of GPN Dr Nicky Ringland and Australian Computer Academy teacher Amanda Hogan who both joined us for the day. The NCSS challenge is prefect for beginners to advanced students with activities that explore computational thinking to artificial intelligence.

GPN provides an avenue for girls to meet other likeminded girls who have a passion for computing. They get to learn about the amazing things that people are doing in industry. The program seeks to inspire girls into computing and security careers. We look forward to our November workshop which could focus on App development.

If you are interested in joining the November session, please click here.

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