Posted by Rixa Bugelli

Our Fourth Annual Girls Learning Code Day was one for the books!

(… and not just because we were storytelling!)

On Saturday, May 13th, hundreds of eager girls between the ages of 8 and 13 gathered across the country at local community centres, libraries and tech companies for one inspirational reason… to code together!

Our Fourth Annual National Girls Learning Code Day was an extra special one as we celebrated International Scratch Day and we registered all of our events nationwide for Science Odyssey Week! We could not have had the opportunity to be a part of both of these amazing celebrations of technology without the support of our Title Sponsor, Scotiabank.

We were also a little too excited when we found out that #glcCodeDay was trending on Twitter in Canada and even held the number one spot for a duration of the event! With the ongoing planning and execution of our talented and dedicated Chapter teams across Canada, our innovative youth team at our Toronto HQ, and all of the driven & passionate volunteers who taught and mentored at the workshops, our 2017 Girls Learning Code Day brought together an amazing community who could not stop tweeting about the excitement the day brought to communities across Canada!

We had 650+ girls (and they each had a guardian!) which was more than the year before and proves that our National Girls Learning Code Day continues to grow in attendance year after year!

During our biggest National Girls Learning Code Day yet, girls had the opportunity to learn about the different elements of a story, as well as character interaction and basic design principles. The girls then watched the beginning of “The Girl Who Hated Books” from the NFB-ONF and then using Scratch, a beginner level programming environment, the girls were challenged to create their own ending to the story!

Check out a couple stories below by click the green flag to get it started!

We love this one!

And, we couldn’t not share this one!

We aim to offer events such as National Girls Learning Code Day to expose girls the creative possibilities of technology and support more girls to become builders (and not just consumers!) of technology!

And as we mentioned before, our hashtag #glcCodeDay was trending on Twitter! Catch some of our favourite moments from the event below: