Code Club

Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) is a network of girls, aged 7-16 who like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and want to learn more.

The purpose of CAGIS is to promote, educate and support interest and confidence in STEM among girls. CAGIS members, meet monthly to explore STEM with fun, hands-on activities led by women and men specializing in many different STEM fields. CAGIS organization was founded in 1992 by Dr. Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko when she was just 9 years old.

Currently CAGIS has a number of chapters across Canada including CAGIS Oakville. CAGIS Oakville led by Dr. Nikolina Radulovich is one of the largest CAGIS chapters with current enrolment of 50 girls from Halton and Peel regions. UTM’s math and computer science departments under direction of Dr. Marina Tvalavadze developed a weekly Code Club that will host CAGIS Oakville girls.

Code Club will be held weekly on Tuesdays, 7-8 pm, in the computer lab CC 2180 and led by UTM undergraduate and graduate student volunteers.  There will be two groups of students: ages 7-9 and 10-14.  The UTM Code Club will meet for 8 weeks this fall starting October 3rd, 2017. There will be no session on October 10th due to Fall Reading week at UTM.

This innovative program will teach young girls how to code and is a step in the right direction to encourage more girls to pursue a rewarding career in computer programming.