Codemakers CoderGirl is the name of a new camp being offered in Victoria this summer in partnership by Science Venture from University of Victoria, Girls Learning Code and St. Margaret’s School. These week-long camps will engage girls in two age groups, Grades 3&4 and Grades 5&6. Lively and engaging activities will support girls to become creators and not just consumers of technology. The Codemaker CoderGirl Camps will be offered for just $30 per participant in order to increase accessibility to coding fun and skills for interested girls throughout Greater Victoria.

Lauren Hudson, STEM Program Support Teacher at St Margaret’s, says  “Building girls’ confidence in their technical abilities is a key component to encouraging girls to pursue STEM fields later on in their studies and careers.” St. Margaret’s School is Canada’s first all-girls STEM school.

CoderGirl is a brand new program developed in partnership by Science Venture, St. Margaret’s School, and Girls Learning Code. Week-long camps are designed to engage girls in two age ranges, Grades 3&4 and Grades 5&6, to become creators not just consumers of technology.

Lauren Hudson, STEM Program Support Teacher at St Margaret’s, says, “Building girls’ confidence in their technical abilities is a key component to encouraging girls to pursue STEM fields later on in their studies and careers.” St. Margaret’s School is Canada’s first girls’ STEM school.

“Programs like this have demonstrated success in improving outcomes for girls,” according to Andrew MacLean, Acting Director at Science Venture. “We want to see gender parity in fields like computer science and engineering, and this program is another step towards that goal. With the financial and content support from Actua’s national Codemakers program, combined with this outstanding partnership of local organizations, we are excited to contribute to this goal.”

“We are excited to have Girls Learning Code mentors involved with the CoderGirls camps,” says Christina Jones from Girls Learning Code Victoria. “Having a personal connection to women in the tech industry helps inspire the campers to see possibilities for their futures.”

Codemaker CoderGirl camps give girls the chance to discover the world of code, building critical computer science and computational thinking skills in a fun and inspiring environment. Through hands-on, collaborative, project-based learning, girls will end each day having built something new. Camp participants will design games, build robots, create apps, and even do some 3D modelling. Most importantly, no programming experience is required!

Codemakers:CoderGirl Camps are offered the weeks of July 4 – 8 and July 11 – 15. These camps are now full, but any additional vacancies will be posted on the Eventbrite registration site. There is limited availability in other SMS summer camps: check stmarg.ca/girls-summer-camp

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St. Margaret’s School is an independent, day and boarding school for girls located in Victoria, BC. Established in 1908, SMS is an international centre for STEM learning and girls’ leadership development, providing empowering education from junior kindergarten to grade 12 (Boarding: Grades 7-12). Learn more about STEM at SMS.

UVic’s Science Venture is a non-profit organization that offers hands-on, minds-on science, engineering and technology learning opportunities for youth in grades 1 through 12. Science Venture is a proud network member of Actua. Learn more at scienceventure.ca

Actua is Canada’s largest national STEM outreach charity.  Codemakers is a national program delivered by Actua, in partnership with Google Canada to transform the way youth engage with computer science. From 2015-2017, 100,000 youth across Canada will be engaged in digital skill building experiences that move them from being consumers of technology to producers of technology. Learn more at actua.ca and actua.ca/codemakers

Girls Learning Code is the youth arm of Ladies Learning Code, a national non-profit dedicated to teaching women and girls computer engineering skills through accessible workshops. Learn more at ladieslearningcode.com