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Hackergal believes that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer science, yet it’s estimated that less than three percent will be filled by women.
December 22, 2016
Learning to Code Unlocks Creativity

Games that ranged from Cops and Robbers to one featuring Ribbit, our school mascot, were just a few of the creative creations dreamed up by 12 Grade 7 students during the Hackergal “Hackathon.”

Taking place in our new STEAM Studio, the one-day event aimed to introduce Middle School students across Canada to coding.

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"There is a gap between what girls are learning in Middle School and when they choose computer science in high school. They aren't having much exposure to computer science and coding as a language," says Erin Cormody, Program Manager for Hackergal.

Hackergal wants to change all that.

The company believes that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs in computer science, yet it’s estimated that less than three percent will be filled by women. By teaching coding at a young age Hackergal’s hope is that it will begin to develop a life-long interest in girls.

And it seems to be working.

In just under one day of learning to code, Branksome girls were already coming up with some impressive games. Divided into small groups, they spent the morning conceptualizing their ideas before diving right in and adding code, some students for the first time ever!

From there, groups worked on designs and characters, and even created rules.

"One rule that we created was if our character hits a wall the game will reset," adds one young programmer.

Senior and Middle School Teacher-Librarian Samhita Gupta said she found it exciting to watch the students work through their ideas.

"It’s a fascinating experience being a part of this and being in this room, because I’m not doing any teaching right now, but there is amazing learning going on throughout the whole day," says Ms Gupta. "The girls are remarkable. They're jumping right into this program they’ve never used before and they’re really working together."

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