On June 17, 2017, Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy (EDCP) postdoctoral fellow Dr. Paula MacDowell successfully hosted an extremely innovative UBC Girls’ Makeathon. This equity-oriented event was designed to foster maker and coding mindsets in high school girls by engaging them with diverse media & technologies, materials, mentorship, and hands-on design experiences.
Teams were challenged to make an app related to an issue that teen girls face in local or global communities throughout the world. Participants learned how to identify a problem, create new solutions, and code for changing the world for the better. The teams communicated their ideas and apps by pitching to a panel of experts.