Digitally communicating health science has to be done with a foundation in scientific literacy, as well as a deep understanding of computer science. Across Canada, Ladies Learning Code acts as an incubator for sharing knowledge and getting more young women (and men) into the empowering field of computer coding.

Recently, two of our developers, Ruhee Dewji and Jeff DeButte acted as mentors for Ladies Learning Code.

Ruhee recalls her first time acting as a mentor for LLC:

“It was fantastic. I was absolutely terrified before it started, because even though it was an Introduction to JavaScript class (and JavaScript is what I write all day) I was worried I wouldn’t be able to answer questions the beginner learners had, or that I would fall on my face trying to explain a concept. It turned out I needn’t have worried. The women at my table were all amazing and incredibly smart, they all picked the material up extremely quickly, and everyone got along really well. It helped me a lot as well, because returning to the basics of the language made me think more about how it worked and reinforced my own understanding—I left feeling a lot better about the work I was doing, knowing that I was interested and passionate enough about it to be able to convey it to them. Being able to explain it to beginners and watch the light bulb go on over their heads was incredibly rewarding.

“I still keep in touch with a few of those women via Twitter, and I met a lot of mentors that day as well who I still talk to occasionally.”

Upcoming Ladies Learning Code events here in Toronto include Introduction to HTML and CSS (various dates starting June 18) and Introduction to JavaScript (July 12). See their Event Page for details.

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