The 3rd session of Coder Girls Initiative, Coder Girls: Getting started with Robotics, took place between 25th February 2018 and 3rd March 2018 at Naya Yatra’s office at Sitapaila, Kathmandu. Coder Girls, an initiative that started as an experiment in 2015, has now grown into a platform where girls of different ages and background come together to learn the basics of Computer Science and share their experience with other girls.
Encouraged by the success of the first two sessions of Coder Girls Initiative, Coder Girls 2018 decided to go a step further and introduce more complicated concepts. In the joint collaboration of Naya, Women Development Society (WODES), SOS Kinderdörfer Weltweit and Axis International, the 3rd session of Coder Girls focused on introducing the basics of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering to help the participants get started with robotics. The 7-day fun workshop was centered around micro:bit, an ARM based embedded system designed by the Micro:bit Educational Foundation. Coder Girls 2018 focused on using micro:bit to develop gesture controlled mini-bots that could compete in a game of football.
Through intensive selection, girls with varying degree of knowledge in programming and microcontrollers were chosen for the Coder Girls 2018 workshop. In order to cater to the wide range of knowledge levels among the participants, the basics of programming were first explained before more complicated concepts were explored. Since Coder Girls Initiative strongly believes in the concept of learning by doing, each theory session was followed by practical session to allow the participants to put the theory to use.
The program started with the very basic ideas but by the end of the workshop, the participants were able to build complex gestured controlled mini-bots. The last day of the event featured a football match between the mini-bots as a grand finale. The participants as well as the audience thoroughly enjoyed the match and were in awe of how the gesture-controlled mini-bot, that was seemingly complicated, could be accomplished in a short period of 7 days. The participants had a lot of fun during the workshop and were very excited and enthusiastic about continuing with robotics. We look forward to their creations in the future.
The commitment and the spirit of the participants as well as our supporters have encouraged us to continue with the Coder Girls. We promise to come back with even better program in the future.
More information regarding the Coder Girls Initiative 2018 can be found at: http://goo.gl/ZYUGBc