If there is one thing that The White Hatter team has recognized, it is the need to provide teens with the ability to learn how to code. Recently, the Canadian Information and Communication Technology Council released a report titled, “Labour Market Outlook for Canada” where they estimate that there would be 182,000 openings in the information and communication technology field in Canada. Many of these jobs require the ability to code, and many will go unfilled by Canadians given the current lack of trained coders in our country. It has also been estimated that by 2020, artificial intelligence and robotics will touch over 800 million jobs around the world, and it is a reality that post-2020, many of the quality paying jobs in tech will be the ones that machines cannot do. Although some schools are meeting this challenge head on, it has been our experience that many can’t. This is due to the lack of teachers who are qualified to teach coding skills. Finding educators who have the requisite training to teach coding to their students is a challenge that many districts and schools are attempting to overcome.
The White Hatter team wants to help bridge this coding educational gap by providing the opportunity for teens to learn the fundamentals of coding logic, structure, sequence, and algorithmic thinking. We want to help mentor teens who are interested in coding and provide them with the opportunity to access professional coding resources and training. To this end, the White Hatter team is happy to announce “The White Hatter Teen Coding Academy.”
The White Hatter Teen Coding Initiative started as an idea about a year ago given the identified need that we saw specific to S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education and coding. As a result, we started our research and found two experienced millennial coders who get it and were extremely enthusiastic about helping us to design an introductory/beginner level coding program for teens. Our lead instructors are Gillian Bryson and Kelby Dalik-Lyall. Both Gillian and Kelby are University of Victoria Computer Engineering students who have a strong background in coding and teaching youth how to code.
All your teen needs to bring is a laptop with a power cord that has the following minimum software/hardware requirements. We will provide internet access, power, and all the open source coding materials that the student will need for this workshop.
PC Minimum Requirements:
Windows 10 version 1703+
Apple MacBook Requirements: