St. Margaret's School student Sophie Chu shows off the Computer Coding website she built.

Camp encourages girls to explore world of coding

When talking about coding, a huge smile breaks out on 10-year-old Sophie Chu's face.

When talking about coding, a huge smile breaks out on 10-year-old Sophie Chu’s face.

The Grade 4 St. Margaret’s School student has been following in the footsteps of her dad, who is a computer programmer, as of late. Over the past few months, Chu has been building a website to teach people of all ages about computer coding.

The website, called Computer Coding, includes information about various coding programs such as Python, Ruby, Objective C, JavaScript and Perl, and how difficult or easy it is to use.

Chu started the class project a few months ago after taking a coding workshop at the school, called maker camp, where girls learned how to use a makey makey board to play games, learned arduino coding and used it to create a white and red LED light show.

“It was really interesting and fun,” Chu said, adding her father taught her how to use another coding program to draw pictures on a computer as well.

“I just enjoy it. It’s like a different language for me. I can use it to create different things and learn more about it.”

The workshop inspired Chu to venture deeper into the coding world, starting with her own website. Every week for the past two months, Chu has been slowly creating the site, using Wix and building off a basic template. Despite the fact that it took longer to build than she originally anticipated, Chu is proud of her finished product.

“I thought (a website) would be the easiest way to share coding with the world. I wanted to not just share it with the class, but with more people,” said Chu, adding she hopes to make more apps and websites about coding in the future.

Chu is one of dozens of girls who will be taking part in a new all-girls coding summer camp at the school next month.

Codemakers CoderGirl, is a partnership between St. Margaret’s School, Science Venture from the University of Victoria and Girls Learning Code, a youth arm of Ladies Learning Code, a national non-profit group dedicated to teaching women and girls computer engineering skills.

As part of the summer camp, girls in grade three to six will learn about the world of code, build computer and computational thinking skills. Girls will also design games, build robots, create apps and do 3D modelling.

St. Margaret’s School has offered coding workshops for girls in the past, but this will be the first summer girls coding camp.

Lauren Hudson, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program support teacher, said the camp, which runs from July 4 to 8 and July 11 to 15, is already full with 40 girls from around Greater Victoria excited to start.

“Exposure to what computer science is, is the key. We don’t want to force things on students, we want them to follow their own passions because that’s how they’ll be the best and most productive members of society, but they need to know it’s out there,” Hudson said, adding the people teaching the girls are already working in the industry. “It’s important that we equip people with the knowledge and skills to be creators of technology, not just consumers.”

For more information about the camp visit stmarg.cagirls-summer-camp. To see Chu’s website on coding visit computercoding.wix.com/coding.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A sentencing hearing began for Joel Conway who was convicted of break and enter and sexual assault last year. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Saanich man sentenced to three years in prison for breaking into woman’s home and sexually assaulting her

Crown is asking Joel Conway be sentenced to four years for both charges, to be served concurrent

Victoria fire crews quickly extinguished a multi-unit apartment building fire near Beacon Hill Park on Oct. 30. (Courtesy of Chief Paul Bruce)
Victoria fire crews extinguish multi-unit fire near Beacon Hill Park

Two people have suffered non-life-threatening injuries

Blanshard Street, between Burdett Avenue and Douglas Street, will be closed to traffic Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 while crews repave the road. (City of Victoria)
TRAFFIC ALERT: Section of Blanshard Street will be closed this weekend

Crews will be repaving Blanshard Street between Burdett Avenue and Douglas Street

Victoria police are asking for help locating 14-year-old, high-risk missing youth, Anabella Lilly. (Victoria Police Department)
Victoria police seek help locating high-risk missing youth

Police say the circumstances under which 14-year-old Anabella Lilly went missing are ‘high-risk’

Physical distancing signs are a common sight in B.C. stores and businesses. THE CANADIAN PRESS
272 more COVID-19 cases for B.C., outbreak at oil sands project

Three new health care outbreaks, three declared over

This house at 414 Royal Ave. became notorious for its residents’ and visitors’ penchant for attracting police. It was also the site of a gruesome torture in August 2018. It was demolished in 2019. KTW
6-year sentence for Kamloops man who helped carve ‘rat’ into flesh of fellow gang member

Ricky Dennis was one of three men involved in the August 2018 attack

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Allentown, Pa. on Oct. 26. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
POLL: How closely are you following the U.S. presidential election?

It may feel like it’s been going on forever but the U.S.… Continue reading

Cpl. Nathan Berze, media officer for the Mission RCMP, giving an update on the investigation at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 30. Patrick Penner photo.
VIDEO: Prisoner convicted of first-degree murder still at large from Mission Institution

When 10 p.m. count was conducted, staff discovered Roderick Muchikekwanape had disappeared

Among the pumpkin carvings created this year by Rick Chong of Abbotsford is this tribute to fallen officer Cont. Allan Young.
Abbotsford pumpkin carver’s creations include fallen police officer

Rick Chong carves and displays 30 pumpkins every year

An online fundraising campaign in support of the six-year-old boy, Edgar Colby, who was hit by a car on Range Road Oct. 25 has raised more than $62,000 in a day. (Submitted)
$62K raised in 1 day for boy in coma at BC Children’s after being hit by vehicle in Yukon

The boy’s aunt says the family is “very grateful” for the support they’ve received from the community

Police service dog Herc helped RCMP locate and arrest suspects in the Ladysmith area on Oct. 23, 2020, related to a stolen vehicle. (Submitted)
RCMP nab prolific property offender in Ladysmith with assist from police dog Herc

Police attempted to stop the vehicle but it fled from the area towards Chemainus.

Health care employees take extensive precautions when working with people infected or suspected of having COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
WorkSafeBC disallows majority of COVID-19 job injury claims

Health care, social services employees filing the most claims

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole rises during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday October 28, 2020. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Conversion therapy ban gets approval in principle, exposes Conservative divisions

Erin O’Toole himself voted in favour of the bill, as did most Conservative MPs

Most Read