Girls Learning Code programs are 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

Workshops, camps and after school programs cover a variety of topics from HTML & CSS and Ruby to image editing and blog creation, to 3D printing to hardware hacking with arduinos and more. We maintain a 4:1 ratio of youth to instructors at these workshops and focus on selecting volunteers who will serve as especially effective role models for the young women.

200+ events since
March 2012

6100+ total
participants

20+ cities
(and growing!)

20 Upcoming
events

Upcoming
Events

Toronto

July
17
toJuly
21

Summer Webmaking Camp for girls 10-13 at MaRS

Girls will learn all about coding and designing websites with HTML & CSS, Pixlr, Mozilla Thimble and more!

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Calgary

July
22

Data Insights with Python for Teen Girls ages 13 to 17

Python has a wide variety of uses from creating web applications to hardware programming to data analysis and scientific computing.

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Toronto

July
24
toJuly
28

Summer Gamemaking Camp for kids 7-9 at MaRS

Kids will learn all about coding and designing videogames with Scratch, Pixlr, Mozilla Thimble and more!

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Programs for Girls

We are proud to offer Girls Learning Code programs in a variety of accessible formats


Workshops

At our project-based workshops, girls and boys learn how technology can be leveraged as a creative tool to change the world.

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Our all-day and half-day workshops are 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.

With a focus on hands-on, project-based learning in a social and collaborative environment, girls will work individually and with one another to become builders - not just consumers - of technology.

At every workshop we have a 4:1 students to mentor ratio (or better!) which means there are lots of inspiring women and men to work closely with the girls to ensure everyone is on track, answering questions and providing support.

Some of our past workshops for girls include:

  • HTML & CSS
  • Graphic Design
  • Game Design and Development
  • Creative Coding with Processing
  • Inventions with MaKey MaKey
  • Digital Drawing
  • Sound Design
  • Robotics with Arduino
  • 3D Printing
  • Programming with Ruby
  • and more!
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    Camps

    Week-long full-day March Break and Summer camps designed for girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 13 who want to become builders and makers of technology (in Toronto and Vancouver).

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    In 2015, we’re offering one week of March Break camp in Toronto and one in Vancouver and Summer camps in Toronto - three weeks in July and three weeks in August.

    Week-long camps centred around learning how to become builders and makers, not just consumers, of technology with themes like Entrepreneurship, Webmakers, Gamemakers, Digital Journalism, Wearable Tech, Graphic Design and more!

    Camps run from 9am-4pm, with before and after care available from 8am-9am and 4pm-6pm.

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    After School Programs

    At our weekly after-school and evening programs, girls between the ages of 8 and 17 are encouraged to collaboratively build upon a variety of creative projects and further develop their tech skills.

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    At our weekly after school and evening programs, youth between the ages of 8 and 17 are encouraged to collaboratively build upon a variety of creative projects and further develop their tech skills.

    These programs are offered as both Kids Learning Code and Girls Learning Code options for youth ages 8 to 13 and 13 to 17.

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    Making Makers

    Free comprehensive maker curriculum for educators who work in formal and informal learning environments to help you teach technical skills to youth.

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    Together, Kids Learning Code, Maker Kids, TIFF and Toronto Public Library, have developed comprehensive, maker curriculum for educators who work in formal and informal learning environments with the objective of increasing Toronto youth access and engagement with advanced technology and digital tools!

    Our workshops and activities allow youth to create something with purpose, driven by their own vision and also empower teachers to be makers.

    We are hosting Train the Trainer Symposiums wherein the educators can learn how to run and modify activities by doing them.

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    In School Programs

    Let us come to your school! We provide the instructors and interactive content; all the schools need to provide is the learning space and the students eager to learn and create.

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    We’ve had great success with our after-school programs at The Lab, and now we are excited to also be providing students with the opportunity to engage with technology at their own schools.

    We provide the mentors and interactive content; all the schools need to provide is the learning space and the students eager to learn and create. We currently offer several different themed workshops (think: webmakers, gamemakers, digital journalism and more) that can run from eight to twelve weeks for an hour or more one day a week.

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    Birthday Parties

    Is the creative girl or boy in your life celebrating a birthday? We host private workshops at our space in Toronto that make the perfect birthday party activity.

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    Like all of our workshops, birthday parties are all about hands-on, project-based learning where girls and boys learn and build with technology and are inspired to see technology as a creative tool to change the world.

    Workshop themes include:

  • HTML & CSS
  • Graphic Design
  • Game Design and Development
  • Creative Coding with Processing
  • Inventions with MaKey MaKey
  • Programming Arduino
  • 3D design and printing
  • Programming with Ruby
  • and more!
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    Field Trips

    Want to expose your students to a beautiful and unique tech learning environment in the heart of the downtown Toronto core?

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    Bring a group of up to 30 kids on a field trip to The Lab in Toronto!

    Field trips consist of a tour plus a talk, demonstration or workshops of your choice! Full day and half day trips available.

    Some topics we like to share are:

  • Careers and experiences in technology
  • 3D printing demonstration
  • MaKey MaKey demonstration
  • Coding exercise
  • HTML & CSS workshop
  • Graphic Design workshop
  • Game Design and Development workshop
  • Creative Coding with Processing workshop
  • Inventions with MaKey MaKey workshop
  • Programming Arduino workshop
  • 3D design and printing workshop
  • Programming Ruby workshop
  • and more!
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    The Team

    Melissa Sariffodeen
    @melsariffodeen
    Chief Executive Officer

    Carolyn

    Carolyn Van
    @CarolynVan
    Director of Youth Programs

    Portrait of Steve Blair

    Steve Blair
    @SteveBlair0
    Youth Program Lead

    Kassandra Lenters
    @kasslenters
    Youth Program Lead

    Krystal Laframboise

    Krystal Laframboise
    Youth Program Coordinator

    Ksenia Nadkina
    @ksenia_nadkina
    Calgary Youth Chapter Lead

    Caitlin Tuba
    @dinosaurtuba
    Vancouver Girls Learning Code Chapter Lead

    Samantha Cynthia
    Sudbury Youth Chapter Lead

    Christina Jones
    @CJloves2learn
    Victoria Youth Chapter Lead

    Emily Coffin
    @emilycoffin
    PEI Chapter Lead

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    Meet some of our

    Instructors
    & Mentors

    Rebecca Putinski
    @h4xnoodle
    Agile Engineer
    Xtreme Labs

    “Helping others learn this valuable skill and ensuring that the environment is a great place to learn for women is a great idea. Both roles of learner and instructor/mentor are empowering and give us the opportunity to learn more about the community. Coding should be a skill everyone has accessibility to and LLC does an amazing job.”

    Dessy Daskalov
    @dess_e
    CTO and Co-Founder
    Greengage Mobile

    “Being a “builder” has had a tremendous influence on my life. Builders can solve the problems they’re most passionate about, and they’re given the freedom to create, just for the fun of creating. I love what I do every day, and I want to make sure others have the same opportunity. Coding shouldn’t be a scary thing, and anyone that has a desire to get involved should be able to, without any fear. I want to see people new to the topic get really excited about it.”

    Sponsors

    At Girls Learning Code, we’re really grateful to the companies and organizations who appreciate what we’re doing and go out of their way to support us. They help to make what we do possible. Thank you to our wonderful title sponsor FOSSter, our awesome Silver-level sponsor, Usability Matters, and our community partners!

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    Title Sponsor

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    We are pleased to partner with TELUS on our shared goal of digital literacy for women and youth.
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    Youth Initiatives Partner

    Georgian Partners Scholarship Fund

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