Canada Learning Code

Girls Learning Code Day 2018: Collaborative Game Production

 

When: Saturday May 12th 2018 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: CoMotion on King at 115 King Street East, Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Canada Learning Code – Hamilton Chapter

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/girls-learning-code-day-2018-collaborative-game-production-for-ages-8-13-parentguardian-hamilton-registration-44406146981

Details:

Technology is a powerful tool that can be used to change the world!

In this collaborative experience, learners work together to build a video game that addresses a social or environmental issue and works towards change. Learners will explore the game industry by experiencing what it’s like to work on different project teams, within a variety roles. As a group, we will track through the game development process together – from pre-production to post.

After brainstorming a game idea and creating a collective Game Design Document (GDD), learners will work to complete assignments using a variety of tools, programs, and languages. Each learner will explore 2 of 3 game production elements, including game-building, audio, and/or artworks creation.

At the end of the experience, learners will share their individual projects to reveal a series of video game levels that they can share with family and friends. They’ll also leave with a better understanding of how their favourite games came to be, and how they can incorporate coding into their existing interests and skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • Use technology to create positive change
  • Better explain the game development process
  • Apply personal interests and skills within the game industry
  • Work with a team to find creative solutions to problems
  • Create a collaborative video game in Scratch
  • Use the tools, languages, and programs learned to KEEP CODING!

This workshop is for girls ages 8-13. Our workshops are designed to give learning experiences that are fun, engaging, empowering and inspirational. Through hands-on, collaborative, project-based learning, kids end the workshop having built something. This workshop experience is designed to help kids see technology in a whole new light – as a medium for self-expression, and as a means for changing the world.

 

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 6th

 

When: Tuesday March 6th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: CoMotion On King at 115 King Street East (3rd floor), Hamilton, ON

Organizer: Canada Learning Code (@learningcodeyhm) and Broad Conversations (@broadconvos)

Register: eventbrite.ca/e/ladies-learning-code-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-hamilton-registration-42593044944

Details:

Long gone are the days of Encyclopedia Britannica on the shelves of homes or trips to the library to complete a book report. Generations young and old are turning to the internet and resources like Wikipedia to discover important information about the world around them. The benefits are endless – technology has increased access and ease while minimizing many barriers that previously existed. Information now transcends rooms and borders turning anyone into an author or historian. But, women still remain underrepresented.

Wikipedia has a gender bias problem. Their own surveys have indicated that only about 8–16 percent of Wikipedia editors are female and a 2009 Wikimedia Foundation survey showed only six percent of super editors (more than 500 edits) were female. This is an issue for many reasons, including reports of harassment of female editors on Wikipedia forums.

The lack of female editors on Wikipedia also creates a bias in the content generated by their editor community. We need more women participating to ensure that women are represented equally in the massive fabric of human history that is Wikipedia. One approach to address this bias is running female edit-a-thons, which are growing in popularity and have taken place across the globe.

All feminists welcome – men included!

The event is free but please register to indicate that you plan to attend. Organizers will email all registrants with important ahead-of-time preparation (just a few easy steps!) that you need in order to start editing right away at the event.

This facility is accessible by elevator.