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Programming Challenge for Girls (PC4G) is a workshop designed to introduce programming to young women and people of other gender identities under-represented in computer science* in Grade 9 and 10 who have never programmed before.
Young women and people of other gender identities under-represented in computer science* in Grades 9 and 10 from Southern Ontario who are interested in learning a little bit about programming and enjoy a challenge.
This event normally takes place at the University of Waterloo in early December. Given concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the in-person event did not take place in December 2020.
We are planning an alternative virtual event that will take place each Monday evening from June 7 - June 21, 2021.
If you have requested information about the PC4G for 2020 we will send you updated information as soon as it becomes available.
Students will learn basic Computer Science concepts using CoSpaces. This platform makes it easy to create interesting, interactive, 3-D animations that can be explored in virtual or augmented reality on various digital devices.
The workshop will take place over three Monday evening sessions: June 7, 14, and 21.
The sessions are designed to spark interest in Computer Science in students who have done little or no programming.
Thanks to the enthusiastic reaction from students, the workshop is full. Registration is now closed.
Mathematics and Computer Science are powerful tools, and diversity among mathematicians and computer scientists increases the potential for positive impact. One of the initiatives of the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing is to encourage better gender diversity in the field of mathematics and computer science. See https://uwaterloo.ca/women-in-mathematics/representation-gender for recent statistics on gender diversity in mathematics. Following the lead of the University of Waterloo, the CEMC encourages people with gender identities under-represented in mathematics and computer science to apply and participate in all our events. We endeavour to make our events and accommodations welcoming to people of all gender identities in attendance.
For more information, please contact us.