Girls Clubs

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GEM Club

The Girls, Engineering and Mentorship (GEM) Club provides young women with an opportunity to experience the excitement of engineering, science and technology in a fun, hands-on, inclusive environment. Launched in 2009 by the Faculty of Engineering, GEM is part of a national network of Girls’ Clubs which is supported by Actua and the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Our goal is to help young women explore and develop an interest in engineering, science and technology, while gaining the confidence required to succeed both in the classroom and beyond. 

In Winter 2017, we are excited to announce that GEM Club will spend the term focusing on the theme of Future Earth! Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-9 will complete a series of hands-on challenges to test their ability to explore and apply new and exciting science, technology, engineering, and math concepts that may impact the future of the earth. Participants will collaborate to investigate the role of engineers in to create new technology, explore space and build structures in an Earth of the future, in addition to participating in laboratory visits, mentor presentations, and both group and individual projects. 

Girls Coding Club

In Fall 2013 we introduced our all-new Girls Coding Club! We are excited to announce that we are continuing this initiative for it's eighth term into Winter 2017.

Girls Coding Club, Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-9

This Winter, our Grades 3-5 Coding Club will be continuing with the Python coding language! This easy to learn language is a great tool for new and seasoned coders alike! 

Girls new to Python and/or coding can sign up for our Level 1 program where we will go over the basics and create some fun and exciting games and programs. The python language is a great tool that is fun and easy to learn. 

More seasoned coders and/or girls continuing from our previous coding club sessions can join our Level 2 program, where we will explore more of what Python has to offer, further enhance their coding and computer skills, and create all-new and exciting programs. 

Our Grades 6-9 Coding Club will be learning all about computer engineering using Arduinos. Arduinos are pieces of hardware used for building digital devices and interactive objects. They will learn about how to program the software by coding the Arduino and the hardware by wiring and adding parts to the circuit boards. They will be doing a series of exciting and hands-on projects. 

Both Clubs are designed for students with no previous coding knowledge as well as those who have attended DiscoverE Coding Club in the past, and are open to any girl in grades 3-9.


Details for Winter 2017 

Both GEM and Girls Coding Club will run for nine consecutive Saturdays from February 4th until April 1st, 2017. Our end of term Open House Wrap-up on April 1st will run from from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm for all groups.

Grades 3-5
GEM Club 9:00am - 12:00pm 
Girls Coding Club 1:00pm - 4:00pm 

Grades 6-9
Girls Coding Club 9:00am - 12:00pm
GEM Club 1:00pm - 4:00pm

• The meetings are coordinated by DiscoverE staff and delivered by female volunteers who are currently studying engineering, science, computer science, or education at the University of Alberta.

• The clubs meet for 3 hours on nine consecutive Saturdays in the Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC aka Maier Learning Centre) at the University of Alberta. Parents are invited for an open house on the last session!

• For girls that would like to participate in both clubs, lunch time supervision will be provided. All of our clubs will showcase projects and programs that your children will not have seen in past DiscoverE camps or clubs.

• Each club has a registration cost of $80.00 (parking pass and GST included). We also offer bursaries for those who need them. Click here for more information on bursaries.

Girls' Coding Club and GEM Club Open house Wrap-up *

When: April 1st, 2017 at 10:00am

Where: Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC) Solarium


10:00 am - Introductions - Meet our Girls Club Coordinators
10:15 am - Presentation - This will showcase the work the girls completed throughout the term.
10:20 am - Demonstration - Here our coordinators will showcase some of the activities the girls may have completed, or can look forward to completing in upcoming clubs and camps.
10:40 am - Celebration of learning - Our Coordinators and volunteers will present certificates and t-shirts to each age group of girls to congratulate them on all they have learned this term.
11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Coding Projects showcase - Coding club girls can show their families, friends and guardians the project(s) they worked on this term.

* Please note that we will not have any regular programming and the event only runs from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm. The timeline above is a guideline, and we recommend arriving for 10:00 am so as not to miss anything!