University of Calgary

Myth busting workshop: Girls in computer science rock

Submitted by darmstro on Fri, 2013-06-14 15:10.

June 13, 2013

Teenage girls are no different from their male colleagues when it comes to having symbiotic relations with their computers, phones, and other portable devices. However, when it comes to attracting women to computer science and assessing the gender split in the discipline at the higher education level, the situation is drastically different.

In an effort to draw women to the discipline, the University of Calgary and the University of Waterloo have partnered to offer a weeklong event – Workshop in Computer Science for Young Women -- designed to ignite enthusiasm for computer science in female students from across Canada.

Members from the media are invited to attend a segment of the event at the University of Calgary as girls work on algorithms that explore path finding between cities, scheduling and stable matching (among others).

WHAT: Workshop in Computer Science for Young Women; 35 girls taking part in a highly stimulating session to ignite their interest for computer science

WHEN: Thursday, June 13, 2013 (1-2:30 p.m.)

WHERE: University of Calgary, ICT Building, Room 114.

WHO: 35 girls in grades 9 to 10 from all over Canada attending the camp

Ben Stephenson, senior computer science instructor and organizer of the camp for the past four years