UBC and SAP partner to foster girls’ love of technology

February 19, 2014

GIRLsmarts workshop participants.

UBC and international software developer SAP Canada have joined forces to deliver technology workshops for Grade 7 girls at the company’s Vancouver offices.

The GIRLsmarts program, organized by UBC’s Computer Science department, has been active for a decade, but this is the first year it has partnered with industry to hold workshops outside of UBC’s Vancouver campus. The move allows participants to experience a real world technology environment.

“We know this type of programming works,” says Anne Condon, head of the department of Computer Science at UBC. “This partnership is a tremendous way to grow GIRLSmarts and hopefully help realize more of Canada’s untapped scientific potential.”

It’s also the first time UBC has held a Grade 7 workshop - previously only Grade 6 workshops have been offered.

More than 100 SAP and UBC volunteers worked together to assemble the February 15 inaugural Grade 7 workshop, helping 64 girls from across the GVRD develop their own computer programs and explore digital technologies.

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Chris Balma

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