Until March 31, women 19 or under can sign up for VIRL’s STEAM Scratch Contest for Young Women. File photo

Until March 31, women 19 or under can sign up for VIRL’s STEAM Scratch Contest for Young Women. File photo

Vancouver Island Regional Library hosts contest for young women

From now until the end of March, any self-identified woman 19 or under can sign up for Vancouver Island Regional Library’s STEAM Scratch Contest for Young Women.

The contest invites participants to use the code block building interface, Scratch, to build an animation, story, or video game on whatever inspires them.

“The fields of computer programming and coding are still largely dominated by men,” says Dalia Levy, VIRL Information Technician, and event creator. “This contest is all about letting young women explore their creativity and passions, and potentially hook into a new career path or lifelong interest. There are also some great prizes for some of the lucky coders.”

Prizes include:

•A $50 gift card to Best Buy

•Library swag including a VIRL whale plushie

•A copy of Remarkable Minds: 17 More Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine

Until March 31, individuals and groups can submit their work to cc@virl.bc.ca. Multiple entries are encouraged from all participants. More information about this event is available on the VIRL website.

Scratch is a free, open-source coding program developed by the Michigan Institute of Technology (MIT). For more info on the program, scratch.mit.edu

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