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Date(s) - 22/10/2022 - 23/10/2022
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Good afternoon!

I am reaching out as a faculty member at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Over the past few years, I have supervised a group of students and alumni who have developed a coding workshop for young women (ages 13-18). Our goals with this project are to help encourage interest and promote diversity in STEM. Workshops can be an excellent way for students who think they might be interested in computing to engage in hands-on activities in a low-stakes and fun environment.

We are excited to announce that we’ll be hosting our Intro to Java workshop for a third time on Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd, from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. This two-day event is free, and lunch is included. The event will take place at BCIT’s Downtown Campus in our innovative TEC Hub.

We would love to invite local high school students and are wondering what might be the best way for us to spread the word at your school? Please use the attached poster as marketing material as you see fit.

In addition to this workshop, we are also planning two other computing outreach initiatives in partnership with the University of British Columbia:

  • Technovation GirlsBC 2023: Every year, Technovation invites teams of girls around the world to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through mobile app development. Registration opens in December 2022, and the program runs from January to April 2023.
  • Spring Break Learning Conference 2023: This three-day event will take place over Spring Break 2023 is intended to be a place for young women and girls to collaborate, learn about, and participate in hands-on computing, technology, and data science activities. Attendees can expect keynote speakers, career panels, tech company tours and hands-on workshops in Computing streams such as Java, Python, Low-code App Development, Design Thinking and Digital Design.

Interested students can register for updates and more information here.

Please reach out with any questions you might have! I also have a poster, email me if you’d like it as I was not able to attach it here.

Thank you for your time,

Erika Ram|  Specialized Faculty – eLearning
School of Computing & Academic Studies | British Columbia Institute of Technology
555 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3H6
p  604-412-7489

BCIT Computing


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