January was a busy month here in the Engineering Outreach Office. Aside from being the start of a new term, we hit the ground running by exploring Computer Science, Software Engineering, and coding. GoCODEGirl and Codesquad brought over 100 gr. 7-10 girls and their parents to University of Waterloo campus to experiment and play with code. The whole group heard a great keynote from Professor Mary Wells from UW and Maribel Romo, a UW Software Eng Grad and currently working with TD Labs. After the keynote parents and kids split up with parents having a discussion about computational thinking and digital citizenship. It was a great conversation that’s sparked some ideas for us in the future! The girls worked through 3 streams, the Hackathon offered challenges for participants who had prior coding experience. The learnathon was made of workshops and projects to help introduce coding and the know-how needed to be successful! Finally Codesquad, which is a program run in partnership with TD Labs had a set of challenges specifically for the Gr. 10 girls in attendance. Lunch was enjoyed as a group and then both parents and the girls worked on a coding challenge together to bring together all of the elements of the event. We were so excited by the enthusiasm and the great questions that were brought up during the sessions. We’re looking forward to more great exploration during the Codesquad Conference this March Break.