#MissMakesCode

The world's first hackathon for girls aged 5-8!

#MissMakesCode is the first hackathon in the world created to build confidence and self efficacy in the areas of algorithmic thinking, programming and coding for in young girls from 5-8 years of age.

There will be explicit teaching of visible thinking skills so that the girls will be able to work in a variety of computational ways to solve problems via coding, in a day of specially designed workshops.

These 😀fun😀 and engaging workshops will be run by specialist teachers who will utilise iPad Apps to teach and hone this skill set.  To ensure solid pedagogical approaches are used, #MissMakesCode aligns with the Digital Technologies Curriculum.

This premiere event will help to increase the numbers of women in future IT careers and diversify IT roles for women.

Created by Girl Geeks for teaching Miss Makers

We know it is necessary to get to girls when they are young to build the confidence and expertise they need to really make a big impact as digital professionals.

I have been teaching Prep, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 IT for the last few years and am always amazed at what they can do given the chance. I wanted to create an event for younger girls using The Foos, Tickle and App Inventor where they could learn some programming concepts, coding and produce something. The girls are smart, savvy and ready to conquer!

My personal belief since I was a girl was that I could do anything and it was up to me to “Make it Happen”. We are proud to have built this important message into the educational experience of #MissMakesCode.

Teresa Deshon

Girl Geek Academy member since 2016

Updates

Girl Geeks

Teresa Deshon

Deputy Principal

Teresa is the Deputy Principal at Kilvington Grammar School where she teaches IT and Mathematics. In her role, one of the many areas she manages is whole school curriculum, assessment and reporting, strategic ICT and innovative IT programs including 3D Printing, Wearable IT, Coding for Girls and Nao Robotics. Teresa is experienced in the development and implementation of 1:1 programs, BYOD and Continuous Online Reporting, Data Visualisation and LEAN business practis .…

Sacha Gough

Teacher of IT and Visual Arts

Alice James

Academic Dean of Science

I am currently Academic Dean of Science and STEM co-ordinator at Kilvington Grammar School, an independent school in Ormond, Victoria. I completed my education at Cambridge University and completed a Masters of Education whilst working at a school in London. It was while working in London that I developed skills in engaging students through practical, hands on activities in Science lessons and I worked extensively on enriching STEM skills in learners.…

Sarah Moran

CEO

I’m Sarah Moran, an Australian woman with a love of humans, the internet and a good session of karaoke. I love meeting new people and specialise in giving hugs.

I write here. I’m a bit ranty and foul-mouthed but I am passionate and unapologetic in the right way. Sometimes I also publish my writing on Huffington Post.…

Melanie Soklevski

Math Guru and Teacher

Kirsty Watts

Academic Dean of Technology/eLearning

Kirsty is currently working as an Academic Dean of Technology at Kilvington Grammar School in Melbourne. She is teaching Maths and IT classes for Year 7 to Year 11. Her top skills are educational technology and teacher training.

Program

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To ensure solid pedagogical approaches are used, #MissMakesCode aligns with the Digital Technologies Curriculum and meets the achievement standard for Foundation to Year 2.

The program consists of explicit teaching activities for visible thinking, problem solving and GUI design so that the young girls are able to work in a variety of computational ways to solve problems and create apps/games via coding.

The program also aims to be fun and engaging when delivered by trained teachers who can utilise iPad Apps to teach and hone this skill set.

Program overview:

  • what an algorithm is, how to develop algorithms and how/why they are used
  • the coding structures of sequence, selection and iteration
  • the coding events to activate and monitor actions
  • creation of animated, interactive code using sequence, loops, event-handlers and other functions
  • identify actions that correlate to input events
  • test and debug code
  • design principles for functionality and appearance of GUI

If your child is ineligible to attend #MissMakesCode please use this form to tell us a bit more about yourself and how we can improve this event. This includes allowing older / younger girls to attend and also offering the event in your local area. Complete the form by clicking here.

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Schedule

Ask us anything

Is this a kids-only event?

You bet. Young girls are the focus for this event and this means parents will be invited to say hi and meet our teachers, depart, and then return to meet their Miss Makers at the end of the day.

Who is #MissMakesCode aimed at? Am I invited?

MissMakesCode is for any young girl and female-identifying child who can get to Templestowe College on September 22. If you have no experience with code, that’s OK as this is an introductory session. If you have experience, please join us and share what you’ve learned with other Miss Makers. If this sounds like fun to you – please come along!

What do I need to bring?
A working iPad, your lunch and a desire to contribute! You must be able to attend the whole day as the classes are progressive.
What is your inclusivity policy?
This event intends an inclusive definition of “girls” – if you identify yourself as a girl, non-binary, or other gender minority, then you are welcome. In other words, if you feel like a Miss Maker, then MissMakesCode is created for you!
Why is this event targeting young girls?
There is a dire shortage of young women interested in pursuing careers in the computer science industry.  According to Girls Who Code, “in Middle School, 74% of girls express an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, but when choosing a college major, just 0.4% choose computer science.”   We believe when girls are allowed to do science and coding in their own way, they excel.
Can I sponsor the event?

We’re so glad you asked! If you’re interested in discussing sponsorship for this event, please email hello@girlgeekacademy.com.

GIRL
GEEKS
ARE
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We want to raise the profile of women in technology and encourage more of you to speak, teach and be visible to the women on their way up. We need more role models and yes – you are one!

We invite you to become a member of Girl Geek Academy so we can say: “Here’s what Girl Geeks look like and here is what they do”.

We will:
– help you write your bio if you don’t already have one
– give you first access to our events, which usually sell out in 24 hours
– share with you the Girl Geek Academy personal brand kit

Membership is $99 inc GST for one year and we’d love you to help us reach 1000 women and continue to create #SheHacks, #SheMakes and #SheMakes_Games and also help us launch new initiatives the Girl Geek way.

We have plenty more up our sleeve and we need your help to make it happen. If you’re up for helping us get to one million girl geeks become a member today!

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