Grades 6 to 8 Coding Workshop (and Free Pizza!)

Student Voice

The field of Computer Science is becoming more and more deeply embedded into our daily lives.

The Coding Society was initially a group that focused solely on programming applications collaboratively to solve problems in the community and learn concepts beyond the offered syllabi at the FIS.

The small size of the group however has shown that there is still a lot to be done to emphasize the importance of programming for the next generations of our
community. Having hosted our first coding workshops for the 2019/20 year, one fundamental problem was the under-representation of females in the workshop. While there are more and more women in tech, the gap between men and women is still a problem to be solved.

In today’s tech industry, companies are trying to inspire more women to switch departments after their already gained expertise in another field. We believe that a more effective approach would be by approaching the young ones while they are still finding their passions.

In closing the gap between men and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) our male and female tech enthusiasts will be hosting coding workshops with 50% girls and boys. That way we can counter the modest stereotypes and promote even more collaboration between girls and boys in tech!

We hope to have Grades 6, 7 and 8 join us for lunch breaks on December 7, 8 and 9, 2020, to take part in fun activities and have free pizza included (all workshops will be taking place in accordance with COVID-19 protocols).

Join us in making this an annual event at the FIS!

Behsad Riemer
Grade 12 student

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