Saturday, May 12th: 1 pm – 4:30 pm
Hosted by the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University (55 Dundas St. West, room number 3-119 on the 9th floor)
Thanks to our sponsor, Polar Mobile!
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What will you learn?
Join Ladies Learning Code for an introduction to HTML & CSS – designed for complete beginners. Learning some HTML & CSS basics is the perfect starting point for anyone interested in learning more about how the web works, because they are the backbone of all websites. When creating for the web, we use HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) to “tag” text so that computers understand how to display the content for others – it’s almost like telling your computer, “This is a heading” or “This is a list.” Then, we use CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to make web pages look pretty. With CSS, you can change colours and fonts, or add margins or other formatting. These days, lots of non-developers use HTML every day, especially people who blog, because it’s the easiest way to format blog posts to stand out. Of course, as you learn more about HTML & CSS, you’ll be well-equipped to begin using your skills to do even more – even creating fully-featured websites.
Note that this workshop is best suited for absolute beginners, and it is unlike our other workshops in that it is designed to be both a fun learning experience and a chance for mother-daughter teams to bond as they develop new skills. It’s not as in-depth as our full-day HTML & CSS workshop, so if you’re solely interested in learning (and not learning something new with your mom), please wait for our regular HTML & CSS workshop to return! Rumour has it that it will be back in June…
What’s the project?
At every Ladies Learning Code workshop, participants work on a project (or two, or three). This workshop is no different! With your mom (or, if you’re a mom reading this…with your daughter), you’ll create a web page about yourselves, or any topic you choose. You’ll learn how to transform a blob of text into a web page with headings, paragraphs, lists, links, images, and embedded videos (all using HTML). Then, you’ll style your web page, by changing the fonts and colours, adding a background image, adding margins, and more.
Then, you and your mom will be tasked with using your new skills to hack a website. Don’t worry – when we say “hack” we mean it in the friendliest way possible. We’re going to use Mozilla’s Hackasaurus tool to “remix” an existing webpage, which you’ll be able to save and share. Hackasaurus allows everyone to alter webpages – for personal use only – by just grabbing pieces (“elements”) one at a time and changing them. For example, we can make the Ladies Learning Code website about something totally different. We’ll end the day by sharing our hacks (and surely a few good laughs).
- Fancy Mom-approved snacks
- Approximately a 4:1 ratio of participants to instructors
- A fun and inclusive learning environment
- A great venue
NOTE: This event is BYOL (bring your own laptop). Each mother-daughter pair will need one laptop, and these are not provided.
Registration is $25 a ticket ($50 per pair) and tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 18th at 7 pm. A second round of tickets will go on sale the next morning at 9 am. We’re able to keep the price of our workshops accessible because Toronto’s tech community is so supportive and wonderful! Thanks as well to Ryerson for providing an incredible venue for this workshop.
Want to help mentor at this workshop? Great - our workshops absolutely wouldn't be possible without the incredible developers who help us out! Please join our 'tech help' email list here.
Email us at info [at] ladieslearningcode.com. You can also find us here:
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What participants say about our workshops:
"Honestly, the set up of one instructor - four students is brilliant."
"I'm super impressed with the organizers and participants, and I think it's a really valuable initiative."
"[The best part of the workshop was] the positivity, helpfulness and eagerness to learn/teach of every person in the room."
"After years of teaching myself how to code, I wasn't sure how I'd find the collaborative experience of an LLC workshop - but it completely exceeded my expectations. The lead instructor was clear and thorough, and the volunteer instructors were always ready to throw new challenges at us the moment they saw we'd completed the current task. Solving a coding problem has always been exciting for me, but having a group of people equally excited about it was amazing!"
"[My favourite part was] the casual nature of things, and the fact that all the instructors walked around and helped out learners everywhere around the room - so I got to meet and talk to a bunch of people who were experienced and gain some perspectives. The food was great too. ;)"