While we were thrilled to take inspiration for New Brunswick from Estonia, Finland, and elsewhere, we also found plenty of interest and inspiration in Canada’s Maritimes. Take a look at these videos and links to see for yourself.
Girls definitely rock the code! We all know the stereotypes. Boys play video games. Girls play with dolls. Boys are plugged into technology. Girls engage in social play that mimics life. The national organization, Ladies Learning Code, is changing these socialized patterns of behaviour, and opening up a new world of engagement for girls and women, young and old alike. Ladies Learning Code has started a New Brunswick chapter to get young women interested in computer coding as a hobby or potential career. As it stands now, women are under-represented in the field. The organization wants young women to embrace the employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. It wants them to know they can be creators, not just consumers of technology.
Nicole LeBlanc, Director of Finance, CGA
Sally Ng, Executive Director, Planet Hatch
Melissa Crnic, Director of Operations and Expansion, Ladies Learning Code
Several women talking about their experience learning code
This video is about STEM Expo March 15-14 for the Anglophone West School District put on by over 80 awesome volunteers and the Fredericton Education Centre and held this year at Bliss Carmen Middle School in Fredericton, NB, Canada. Interviewed in the video were Jeff Whipple, Eric Estabrooks, Angela Mallais (Sorry for the incorrect spelling in the video Angela) along with two inspirational students. Congratulations to the students, volunteers, the Fredericton Education Centre and parents for an excellent event. Video shot on an iPhone 5 and edited in iMovie ’10 by David Alston.
Also, read the CBC Story “Early computer literacy movement grows in New Brunswick” and watch video on CBC.ca.