Hackergal virtual girls coding club offered through library

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Girls aged 12 to 18 are invited to participate in a virtual girls coding club led by Hackergal ambassador Jessica Young.

Sessions organized by the Salt Spring Public Library will run via Zoom on Mondays from April 11 through May 9 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Young, who is a nationally trained youth ambassador, will teach attendees how to code fun projects on Lynx, which is Hackergal’s official platform for beginners. No previous coding experience is required.

According to the Hackergal website, the program is designed to encourage learners to achieve their full potential through acquiring “future-ready competencies” of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, growth mindset and global citizenship.

“This club also prepares girls for the annual national Hackathon from May 25 to June 1, which brings girls together from all over the country to compete and have fun coding solutions to challenges together,” explains information about the group.

“Learning to code and making a difference through technology goes beyond programming knowledge and skills. That’s why these core competencies equip girls with the ability to meet the complex demands of diverse contexts and be successful in their everyday lives and in their future.”

The sessions are co-hosted by teen programs librarian Amy Trepanier, who said the idea behind the program is to increase the number of young women entering the field of technology.

Girls can register by sending an email to atrepanier@saltspringlibrary.com.

More information is also available through hackergal.org.

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