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Google Canada’s top engineer on how to build an innovation economy

Globe and Mail | October 28, 2016

“If we’re going to build an innovation economy, we need to rethink how we tackle immigration, entrepreneurship and education.” - Steven Woods, director of engineering for Google Canada

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Why learning computer coding is so important, according to advocates

CBCl | October 20, 2016

“By 2020 there will be 200,000 communications and information technology jobs that need filling in Canada — and there won't be enough people to fill them, according to a report from the Information and Communications Technology Council.”

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We need to teach 10 million Canadians to code or we’ll get left behind

Globe and Mail | October 13, 2016

“When it comes to coding education for youth, Canada has already been outpaced by countries such as Estonia, Britain and Australia. And we are even lagging behind our neighbours to the south….Coding education in schools can no longer be considered a unique competitive advantage. It must be understood as the minimum standard.” - Melissa Sariffodeen, co-founder and CEO of Ladies Learning Code"

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Yedlin: Alberta companies make slow progress on board diversity

Calgary Herald | October 7, 2016

“If there was one theme that came through loud and clear at last week’s Global Business Forum in Banff, it was the need for greater emphasis on STEM education in the school system. More students need to be inspired to study science, technology engineering and math. And that includes one half of the population – girls.”

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Math


JUMP Math

Founded in 1998 by Canadian mathematician Dr. John Mighton, JUMP Math is a charitable organization working to create a numerate society. JUMP Math is primarily intended to be used by teachers in the classroom, with a complete package of curriculum-based resources for grades 1 to 8 as well as professional development. The materials are also appropriate for use in supporting students at home and in after-school tutoring.

Renert’s Bright Minds

Bright Minds is an after-school program in mathematics and logic for children ages 5 and up. The program develops deep understanding of mathematics in children. It trains children to become effective learners and creative thinkers for life. Summer camp programs are also offered.


 

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)


STEM Learning Lab

At STEM Learning Lab we engage teachers and students in high quality, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), STEAM (STEM + Art) and Maker learning experiences. The organization offers professional development for teachers as well as after-school programs, homeschool programs, summer camps and special events.

Ladies Learning Code

Ladies Learning Code has chapters in more than 30 cities across Canada (including Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Red Deer), thriving youth programs called Girls Learning Code and Kids Learning Code and Canada’s first travelling computer lab — the code:mobile. Their workshops offer a 4:1 ratio of learners to volunteer mentors. The organization is also working to shape digital literacy education in Canada through their Teachers Learning Code initiative. See their website for upcoming workshop dates for kids, lesson plans for teachers and more.

Minds in Motion (University of Calgary)

Minds in Motion is a non-profit organization co-hosted by the University of Calgary Active Living and Schulich School of Engineering. They offer in-school programs, summer camps and a girls-only Applied Science and Engineering Club

DiscoverE (University of Alberta)

Minds in Motion is a non-profit organization co-hosted by the University of Calgary Active Living and Schulich School of Engineering. They offer in-school programs, summer camps and a girls-only Applied Science and Engineering Club

Roots 2 STEM

Roots 2 STEM offers a variety of programming focused on science, technology, robotics, and Junior Engineering. Based in a 4000 square foot facility in Calgary, offerings include summer camps, school programs (both on-site and in school), homeschooling programs, clubs and birthday parties.

Engineering for Kids

With a location in Calgary, Engineering For Kids brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to kids ages 4 to 14 in a fun and challenging way through classes, camps, clubs, and parties.