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Girls code at Seprod Foundation summer camp

Published:Sunday | July 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Tanaeja Hilton (left) and Maya Moss Solomon of Allman Town Primary School work on their robots.

Seprod Foundation, through its Jamaican Girls Coding initiative, as part of its summer activities for 2017, participated in the Young Coders course at Halls of Learning.

Thirty-two girls from six primary schools were sponsored by the Seprod Foundation to attend the camp, where they were introduced to two types of coding, namely, block-based (using graphics/icons) and text-based (using words/phrases), while working in pairs to foster a spirit of teamwork as a part of the course.

The 'Young Coders' course is an introduction to coding and is designed for children ages nine to 12 years old. The two-week camp provided a playful introduction to the basics of computer science, teaching the girls about commands, functions, loops, conditional statements and variables, while developing their problem-solving and logic skills.

The camp is a part of Seprod Foundation's continued efforts to inspire, educate and empower young women within Jamaica's information and communications technologies sector.




Shanoya Edwards, Seprod Foundation coordinator, said that "the girls enjoyed the camp, they are thinking critically, they are building their problem-solving skills while having fun".

Brianna Bolt of Meadowbrook Preparatory said: "I learnt something about friendship."

Said Shamara Stewart of Clan Carthy Primary School: "I learned about coding computers and the awesome experience of creating games of my own."