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Sue Cirillo
posted this news on November 14, 2017

Grade 8 Parents

November 9, 2017 Dear Notre Dame Grade 8 Parents, There is an organization called Hackergal whose goal is to decrease the gender gap in computer science by exposing more girls to coding and thus potentially generating interest. To that end, they have put together, in partnership with the Government of Canada and various sponsors, “a fun, highly-participatory and highly collaborative exposure to coding through gamified learning. [They] provide a virtual hackathon kit that acts as a ‘plug and play’ for educators.” What does this mean for Notre Dame? On December 13, the Grade 8 girls will not attend regular classes. Instead, they will have a full day doing the “hackathon.” They will work in groups of three (with one device per group) on the task at hand, which will be to create a game using drag and drop coding and Python programming language. The girls will continue to have access to the Codester “Intro to Python” for a year. Why not boys? This event is specifically designed for girls because of the gender gap in computer science; however, Flex classes will introduce coding so that both boys and girls can have some exposure to this exciting field. What comes next? In order to participate fully in the event, the organizers are requesting parents sign a permission form, which I will scan and send to Hackergal. Participants will also be asked to spend some time at home familiarizing themselves with Codester. Please see the attached information and consent form. Please have your daughter return the consent form either to her Flex teacher or directly to me. Thank you for your support in this exciting venture! Sincerely, Angela Filipovic GLC 8 afilipovic@ndrs.org

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