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.

71 events since
March 2012

2000+ total
participants

3 cities
(and growing!)

22 Upcoming
events

Upcoming
Events

Vancouver

January
10

Image Editing & Animation

Through this hands-on learning experience, girls will discover how to use Pixlr, a browser based image editing software and Scratch.

Register

Toronto

January
14
toMay
6

Pixels After-School Program for 13-16 year old girls

An after-school web design program for girls who want to lead the future.

Register

Toronto

January
17

Electronics with Arduino for Kids 9-12 years old

Is the kid in your life curious about how things work? Maybe how circuits or robots are made?

Register

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.

Learn More

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!
  • View upcoming workshops

    × close

    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).

    Learn More

    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.

    Learn more and register

    × close

    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.

    Learn More

    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.

    View upcoming after school programs

    × close

    Making Makers

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

    Learn More

    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.

    View curriculum

    × close

    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.

    Learn More

    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.

    View our program brochure

    × close

    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.

    Learn More

    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!
  • Contact us

    × close

    Field Trips

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

    Learn More

    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!
  • Contact us

    × close

    The Team

    Laura Plant
    @lauralynplant
    Co-Executive Director

    Kathryn Barrett
    @kat_barrett
    Youth Program Lead

    Heather Kean
    @vulgardetails
    Youth Program Coordinator

    Ksenia Nadkina
    @ksenia_nadkina
    Calgary Youth Chapter Lead

    Caitlin Tuba
    @dinosaurtuba
    Vancouver Youth Chapter Lead

    Want to Join the Team?
    Contact Us

    Meet some of our

    Instructors
    & Mentors

    Erin Morris
    @erinmorris
    Art Director
    FreshBooks

    “Ladies Learning Code has created a fantastic community focused on continuous, and fun learning. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

    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.”

    Tessa Thornton
    @tessthornton
    Youth Program Content Advisor & Developer
    Nascent

    “When beginning her humanities degree at the University of Toronto, she never would have imagined that she’d be making a living writing code, but now she works as a freelance designer and developer after spending a year working the U of T Student Services IT department. Tessa tries to share her knowledge as much as she can, and contributes to tutorial blogs when she has the time.”

    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!

    10 Sponsors &
    Community Partners
    Become a Sponsor

    Title Sponsor

    FOSSter logo

    FOSSter is a mentored Linux training program, founded by the same company that maintains the Linux Professional Institute's exams and certifications.
    fosster.com

    Youth Initiatives Partner

    Microsoft logo

    Girls Learning Code is pleased to partner with Microsoft Canada's YouthSpark initiative to expand our programs to cities across Canada in 2014. With Microsoft's support, we look forward to increasing access to digital literacy education for youth across Canada!
    www.microsoft.com/en-ca/citizenship/about/

    Girls Learning Code Day

    Partners

    Funders

    Supporters

    Community Partners