GPN students have dis- and re-assembled computers, written chatbots, android applications and both text and graphics based games, learnt about cryptography, networking, algorithms, encoding methods, image manipulation, table-top computers and a host of other topics. This term we are focusing on interactive web development, with students learning how to write and deploy dynamic web sites. No previous programming knowledge is assumed, with extension activities and lectures designed for more advanced students.
GPN is an excellent opportunity for students to move beyond being users of technology and learn to be the designers and builders of technology, to move ahead of the typical user and employ both advanced technical skills and creative expression. It lets girls explore computer science in an encouraging, fast-paced atmosphere, and gives the girls the chance to meet new friends with similar interests, find female university studentsas mentors, and find out about university life. It offers girls a chance to explore a field many of them may not have otherwise considered.
If you know any tech-minded teenage girls in Sydney, be they daughters, nieces, cousins or family friends, please pass this on to them! If you, or they, have any questions, email us at girls at it.usyd.edu.au