Coding For Girls at the i360!

As featured on BBC Radio Sussex!

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Location address: Brighton, BN1 2LN
Chosen age group:

For ages: 9 - 99 years and adults years

Available tickets:
Single two-hour workshop Free
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest
A summary
Hello everyone! This February half-term we're partnering up again with the i360 in Brighton to offer exciting coding workshops in the spectacular Attenborough Room, whilst upstairs you can try the insanely thrilling WALK 360 open-air walk on TOP of the i360 at 138 metres up! That's only at 12pm on Mon/Tues/Wed, so our 0930-1130 coding workshop finishes in time for you to step upstairs to that. Link to book your Walk 360 below. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 1430 we have Coding For Girls, where we welcome girls, non-binary and gender variant young people to come and get into coding and electronics You'll learn about the gender gap in computer science in the UK, why it's a problem, and how you can help fix it. You might also learn about important female figures in computer science. We will be giving a simple two-hour introduction to some basic electronics, connecting them to Raspberry Pi computers and programming them using the Python programming language. We'll then use what we've learned to control the Minecraft game. You'll use industry-standard coding environments and methods, learning from people who do this every day! If you're aged 9 or older, you'll probably manage this. If you're younger, you might need some help with all the typing. We move along pretty fast, and the last thing we want is to put off our younger coders. So, 9 and up usually works well. We usually have 12 spots available per two-hour session. The last time we did this at the i360, it was extremely popular, so grab a spot while you can. We've run these workshops before, but this time we're adding a bit of electronics and fully updated coding exercises. Why Coding For Girls? Take a look at the rest of this listing for more about us and our philosophy. Book your Walk 360 tickets here
About your mentors
Andrew Riley-Watson
Geophysicist, amateur musician.
I'm a geophysicist living in West Sussex with three children, a dog and a cat. I run Genius Brighton, where I've been teaching workshops in coding, electronics, and even critical thinking, for several years. I'm also a musician (find me on Spotify!), a runner, and a big believer in lifelong education.
Lizzy Brama
Software engineer, ex microscope developer.
I'm a software engineer (python/django). I live in Beckenham with my wife Jo, our cat Moo and tortoises Bob and Penny. Before I became a software engineer I designed and built tiny light microscopes inside electron microscopes at the Francis Crick Institute. I love practical things like sewing and wood working, and I'm fairly decent at triathlon. I'm a qualified coach, too.
Freya R. Johnson
Biomedical Sciences graduate and STEM fan
I'm a BSc Biomedical Sciences graduate with experience in Python and JavaScript programming languages. In my free time I work with a miniature steam railway, driving real working locomotives for the public and I love swimming. I also volunteer for a charity that supports physical and cognitive disabilities, as a medical writer.
Maria Campos
Data scientist, PhD candidate in Astronomy
I'm a PhD candidate at the University of Sussex, where my research centres around galaxy evolution. I've also worked in several projects as data scientist, and imparted coding workshops for young enthusiasts! When I'm not in front of the computer, I like hiking, playing board games, dancing, and attempting to roller skate.
Effie Riley-Watson
Artist and saxophonist
I'm Andrew's daughter. I'm in Year 10 and enjoy helping out with these workshops.
Learning aims
Aim 1
You'll learn about the gender gap in computer science and why we want to close it. You'll learn about important female computer scientists in the recent past.
Aim 3
You'll get a fast introduction to one of the world's most important programming languages - Python, and you'll learn how to put together short programs that control simple electronics, and the Minecraft game.
Aim 2
You'll learn the basics of some of the most important skills you'll need in the future. Coding is all about problem solving, figuring things out and knowing how to teach yourselves new things.
Aim 4
You're going to have fun and break stuff, because that's how we really learn.
Pricing information
Ticket nameSingle two-hour workshop
Where we'll be
British Airways i360, Lower Kings Road, Brighton, Brighton and Hove, BN1 2LN
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