Why I Prioritize Coding & Technology Education for My Daughter

For most of my life I’ve been a princess. Not through my bloodline, but through my behaviour and beliefs. I grew up devouring fairy tales, romance novels, and cheesy Bollywood movies.  The problem with stereotypical princess mentality is it leaves you feeling the need to be rescued all the time. Something heavy to lift? Car needs to go to the shop? TV remote needs to be programmed? There has to be a prince around here somewhere to deal with that right? It also makes you shrink at work. You are less likely to push back in a high stakes negotiation or big board meeting.

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Thankfully I’ve outgrown my princess complex (even though I still love fairy tales and all things pink), and one of the major reasons that shift happened was WordPress and web development. Just after my 30th birthday I started tinkering with WordPress and building the bones of this site. Eventually I taught myself some coding and developed a little side business building basic websites. It was one of the most empowering experiences of my life, because I used be the girl that could barely use a TV remote. For years my husband had been in charge of things like setting up the DVD player, programming the security system, and even online banking, but all of a sudden I felt capable to tackle those tasks and more. Building websites gave me a confidence I never had before. 

My personal experience has always been a motivator to encourage Zara to embrace and learn technology. She’s a Minecraft geek, wanna be YouTube star, and has recently taken an interest in learning to edit videos. So I was obviously thrilled to learn about LevelUp Kids which offers summer tech camps for kids. While they have a full range of classes including Minecraft Adventure, Mobile Game Maker, and You Tube Camp, I was most excited to see the Coding Girls program on their schedule.

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I truly believe that coding education is a must for our girls. Tech jobs are the fastest growing sector, yet young girls are dropping out of technology based programs at an alarming rate. If we want to keep our girls in the workforce and create equal opportunities for them, we need to teach them to code. 

Since many kids attend summer camps anyway, it’s a natural way to introduce your daughter to coding. The Coding Girls Program at LevelUp Kids teaches the basics of hardware and software, in a friendly group setting. Girls in this camp will get to program and keep their very own Raspberry Pi, which is a single-board computer that’s about the size of a credit card.  They’ll take it home when they’re done, and continue to code beyond camp.

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[A new breed of princess – with a hashtag #princess]

Zara is super excited to take a class at their Burnaby location this summer, although she’s conflicted between the YouTube program or Coding Girls! If you are interested in a technology based camp for your kids this summer LevelUp Kids offers programs for boys and girls across Canada for kids between 8-15. You can see their full list of programs here. 

Now it’s your turn to share – do you love technology? How do you introduce tech to your kids? Any plans for summer camp, share in the comments, I love to hear what you all are up to!

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This post is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and #LevelUpKids sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.

 

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  1. June 19, 2017 / 7:39 am

    I think my son would enjoy the YouTube course…then he could help his mama!

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