Let’s Talk Tech! – Girls Only Workshops

Guess who’s back for more girls-only workshops! Geering Up!

Join us for half-day workshops of tech-focused excitement!

We are hosting multiple introductory workshops using one or two particular pieces of tech with a focus on programming, looping in relevant and current applications, and showing the exciting possibilities of the tech industry through digital skills literacy!

This October, we will be incorporating software and hardware design by using CIrcuit Playgrounds, learning how to make the pocket-sized computers detect motion and program reactions based off the detection. We’ll start by using block programming, and will have the opportunity to recreate it with Javascript, a programming language used frequently in the software industry!

You do not need any prior knowledge or experience in coding to participate!

At our flagship event in March, participants created code to run a musical sequence alongside an LED light show on circuit playgrounds. They then learned about 3D printing and tried their hand at creating 3D designs using 3Doodlers. We will be introducing brand new content for each Fall event tailored to elementary and high school students!

Thanks to CanCode, a two-year investment in coding and digital skills development from the Government of Canada, eng•cite and Geering Up will be hosting more events, workshops, and initiatives to inspire youth through innovative, experiential, and hands-on activities.

Co-hosted by eng•cite, Geering Up, and UBC Engineering.

If you are a university student looking to volunteer, please sign up here!

As well, please be aware that we have an inclusive view of the word “girl” and we welcome trans*, genderqueer and non-binary folks interested in the workshop.

This Fall, we will be hosting two exciting events! 

Cost: Free! Light snacks + all tech-related supplies will be provided.

Location: Hennings 200, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus. Click here for detailed directions and maps to Hennings from UBC Wayfinding.

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018

Morning (9am to 12pm) – Grades 4 – 7

Afternoon (1pm to 4pm) – Grades 8- 10

Register today!

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018

Morning (9am to 12pm) – Grades 4 – 7

Afternoon (1pm to 4pm) – Grades 8- 10

Check-In for each session will begin 30 minutes prior to the start time.

Parents, we are hosting you too!

Concurrently with each workshop, we will be hosting parent sessions to present and chat with you about the big question: “Why STEM?” These sessions will start 1 hour before the end of each Let’s Talk Tech workshop. We will have light refreshments available as well. If you are interested, please RSVP when registering your child in workshops. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Parent session will be in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre room 155. Click here for detailed directions and maps to IKB from UBC Wayfinding.


Can I register for both sessions?: Of course! We encourage participants to also bring their friends along for the fun! Both sessions will have different curriculum material with little overlap in hopes of providing an introduction to a variety of tech!

Parking: The closest parkade to both the Hennings building and Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is the North Parkade. It is located at 6115 Student Union Boulevard. Further details and fees are listed on UBC Parking’s website.

Check In: We will be starting check-in 30 minutes prior to the start time of the event.

Walking Directions to Hennings 200: From the North parkade, walk towards the centre of campus towards the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Walk around the left side of Irving K. Barber onto Agricultural Road. The Hennings building is the first building on your left.

From the trolley bus loop, walk towards the centre of campus and the UBC Bookstore. At the bookstore, turn right onto East Mall, walk straight pass the Nest building on your right, then turn left onto Agricultural Road immediately before Irving K. Barber.  The Hennings building is the first building on your left.

From the bus loop near the UBC Aquatic Centre, follow signage towards the AMS Student Nest. Continue walking straight pass the AMS Student Nest, then turn right. The first road on your left will be Agricultral Road. The Hennings building is the first building on your left.

If you have any questions about Let’s Talk Tech, please contact Serena at serena.chao@geeringup.ca.