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Supporting future programmers through Go CODE Girl

On February 28 Lassonde hosted Go CODE Girl, an event that gave 18 young women in grades 9 to 11 the chance to learn coding as well as the computing and engineering fields in a supportive environment on campus.

Over the course of the day, participants got the chance to learn drag-and-drop programming to build robots using Lego kits, led by the York chapter of Robogals. They also tried their hand at Arduino programming in a session led by CSHUB.

Playing host to Go CODE Girl was a chance for members of the Lassonde community to reach out to young women and get them excited about the dynamic world of engineering while underscoring the school’s commitment to gender equality.

“It’s important that we foster STEM education in girls. One standout memory of the day for me was how much fun our young guests had. I was blown away by their enthusiasm for learning this stuff,” said Gayathry Wright, Manager of Student Engagement.

See more pictures on Lassonde’s Facebook page.

Go CODE Girl is an initiative organized by The Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE) in partnership with participating universities across the province. Its objective is to work collaboratively to support current female engineers, students, and encourage the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering.