On Tuesday, May 10, the uOttawa Maker Mobile was on Parliament Hill to take part in the “Coding on the Hill” event. The morning’s activities, which aimed to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics, were part of the Science Odyssey week—held from May 6 to 15.
This event was organized in partnership with Actua, Ladies Learning Code and Google. The uOttawa Maker Mobile team held workshops for grade 4 students to teach them about 3D design and to help them learn the basics of 3D printing. Ladies Learning Code also conducted workshops designed to teach the kids about programming concepts. The Minister of Science—the Honourable Kirsty Duncan—was present to take part in the event as well. She highlighted the importance of sparking kids’ interest in technology and innovation, particularly for young girls.
The uOttawa Maker Mobile is a Makerspace on wheels; since September 2015, it has travelled from school to school in the hope of encouraging creativity, problem solving, and interest in engineering and technology. Through a series of practical, interactive, and fun workshops, students from kindergarten to grade 12 can discover new technologies like 3D printing, laser cutting, robotics, and coding.