#MissMakesCode x STEM.I.AM workshop!

One of the great highlights of NAIDOC  2017 was hosting the Indigenous #MissMakesCode workshop. The Carbon Creative led initiative STEM.I.AM and Girl Geek Academy hired the kuril dhagun venue for coding workshops for Indigenous girls.

The workshop saw a group of young girls participate in full days’ worth programming, basic coding, storytelling and game making. #MissMakesCode is one of the first initiatives in the world designed to build confidence and skills for young girls in these areas. The STEM.I.AM program works with the aim to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying in STEM fields at university through activities such as this for young people.

Participants getting involved with robotics and VR. Photo by kuril dhagun.

A number of enthusiastic tech teachers helped to facilitate the day, as well as a robotics demonstration with  Tyler from SLQ’s RAPL team which the girls thoroughly enjoyed. There was even a special visit from Minister Leeanne Enoch to cap it off.

ABC also attended the day and spoke to some of the organisers and participants- you can listen to some of the interviews here.

 

A robotics demonstration for the participants. Photo by kuril dhagun.

Minister Leeanne Enoch, Wayne Denning of Carbon Creative, STEM.I.AM x Girl Geek Academy facilitators with the participants. Photo by kuril dhagun.

All in all, it was a fantastic day full of laughter and the development of new skills and friendships. kuril dhagun was proud to host this initiative in our space, and with a keen focus on our ‘DigitalFutures’, it is one in which will help to foster the growth of the next generation of deadly leaders in our communities.

For more information about the STEM.I.AM initiative, visit foundation sponsor Advance Queensland’s website or the STEM.I.AM website.