Special Coding Classes For Girls

19:30' 21-01-2019
Girl Geek Academy, the first women-founded learning academy for girl geek hackers, hustlers and hipsters, is delivering a series of STEM-focusedworkshops in computercodingto young girls, along with their female parents and guardians.
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    The workshops will be rolled out in January and March 2019 across Melbourne’s East to support mums, daughters, aunts, nieces, grandparents, neighbours, and more groups of women and girls to learn coding together. The program is specifically aimed at engaging young girls aged 5-8.

    Girl Geek Academy co-founder and CEO, Sarah Moran said: “Currently there is a lack of a STEM-based program that educates both women and girls in the same classroom. By bringing women and girls together into one workshop, we are able to create something more vital and long-lasting.”

    Ms Moran says the upskilling program also aims to promote gender workplace equality in what has traditionally been considered mainly a male domain.

    The sessions will focus not only on technical coding skills, but also contain content and discussions around gender equality and cyber safety. Studies show that gender equality is a precondition for the prevention of family violence and other forms of violence against women and girls.

    The workshops are being held in partnership with women’s health promotion agency, Women’s Health East, the women’s health promotion agency for the Eastern Metropolitan Regionof Melbourne.

    Sessions will be held in Maroondah on 21 January and 25 January. Sessions will also be held in Nunawading on 9 March and Wheelers Hill on 16 March.

    For more information, please visit www.girlgeekacademy.com/events.

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