As the future opportunities for our students in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) as well as in computer coding are ever increasing it is important to encourage the participation of our female students in these growing technical pathway opportunities, as these fields are traditionally dominated by men.

In recent times, women have made great inroads into these areas in industry and we at St. Elizabeth CHS wish to encourage the continuation of this trend.  On December 5th, 2017 the St. Elizabeth Library Learning Commons in conjunction with our Technological Education department ran a half day coding workshop specifically offered to our female students in all grades.

A STEM Minds teacher relaying instructions about Arduino to St. Elizabeth students

Our community partners, STEM Minds, based in Aurora, came out to deliver the workshop that focussed on sharing opportunities for women in S.T.E.M. fields and also featured a hands on component where girls were able to code their own projects using an Arduino board.

It was an empowering and engaging experience for our students and opened up a world of opportunity for many of the girls who participated.  The workshop was so popular that a second session was offered on December 13th to accommodate the many interested students.  St. Elizabeth CHS remains committed to offering engaging and relevant experiences for all students and as such, we will be offering a full day of coding workshops available to all students this February run by Canada Learning Code.