Sandwich the message between a <strong> code and it reads bold and clear.
That’s a message Rachel Aaron says she wants to deliver to girls eight-to-13-years-old on Sat. Nov. 8th, when Ladies Learning Code, a national non-profit organization, hosts its first Halifax event geared towards girls.
Intro to HTML & CSS in Halifax is part of National Girls Learning Code Day, sponsored across Canada by MasterCard. Aaron co-leads the Halifax Chapter and says it’s been a long time coming. “All of the mom’s that have come to our workshops over the last year-and-a-half, have been asking when we are going to do something for girls … something they can do with their daughters,” says Aaron. “We’re so excited to finally have this event.”
The free workshop is a full day working with mentors and learning the fundamentals of building a website through a mix of hands-on learning and games that reinforce the concepts. HTML, or hypertext markup language, lays the foundation of content on the worldwide web and CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, essentially makes it pretty.
“The amazing thing about making websites is children can make it anything they want it to be,” says Aaron. “When I was a kid I was really into scrapbooking. I would cut pictures out and paste them in a physical book. They can do this with their website.”
Targeting children as young as eight-years-old, introduces a behind-the-scenes look at technology, at an age when kids can learn language quickly, says Gab White, the second Halifax co-lead of Ladies Learning Code. A graphic designer and developer, White says learning as young as eight, can sometimes be easier than starting at 12-years-old.
Aaron says by age eight, children have the fundamental math concepts helpful for understanding coding.
“It gives you a really good idea of how technology works,” says Aaron. “In the next 10 or 15 years, learning to code is going to be the same as learning how to read,” she explains. “It’s a fundamental skill linked to the technology everyone is using.”
While enrolment is currently wait listed, information on upcoming workshops is available throughwww.ladieslearningcode.com and to sign up as a mentor or join the waitlist, see Girls Learning Code Day: Intro to HTML & CSS in Halifax! on EventBrite.ca.