August Coding Workshops


Join us this August for our online, pay-what-you-can, wildlife-based coding workshops! Our Terranaut Club President and resident coding expert Danielle Quinn will lead participants through exciting data science and coding activities related to real topics in marine biology and wildlife conservation.

Participants must be girls+ (girls or under-represented genders) who are 9 – 18 years old, live in Atlantic Canada (NB, NS, NL, PEI), and have access to a computer and good wi-fi connection. To participate, complete the registration form below. Confirmation info will be sent out the weekend preceding workshops.

These workshops are pay-what-you-can, and a donation can be made either before or after. While our suggested donation is $20, we welcome any amount, larger or smaller.

Workshop Listing

Junior (ages 9 – 12)

🦈 Exploring Data to Protect Sharks

  • This workshop will introduce data and data collection using Canadian shark and skate species as an example. We’ll learn about how coding is used in shark research and conservation, and use our data to code simple charts and maps. Lastly, we’ll learn about careers in marine conservation research. No prior knowledge needed! 10 seats. 2.5 hours including a 15 minute break. 2 offerings:
  • Monday, August 16th, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Monday, August 16th, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Intermediate (ages 12 – 15)

🐢 Conserving Wildlife with Coding

  • This workshop will focus on data science and communication in wildlife conservation, or how we study wildlife and how we share that research. We’ll do some coding in the programming language R to explore and analyze real wildlife data, including calculating different measures and making graphs and figures. We’ll learn about real applications of data science and communication in wildlife conservation, like dashboards and apps, and discuss a variety of careers in wildlife conservation. No prior knowledge needed! 10 seats. 3 hours including a 15 minute break. 2 offerings:
  • Wednesday, August 18th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 18th, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Advanced (ages 15 – 18)

🐋 Machine Learning for Marine Biologists

  • This workshop will introduce how machine learning (or teaching computers to learn) is used in marine biology. We’ll learn about different applications of machine learning in marine conservation research, do some simple coding of statistics in the programming language R, and review a real research project that uses machine learning for species identification. We’ll also talk about careers in machine learning and marine biology. No prior knowledge needed! 10 seats. 3 hours including a 15 minute break. 2 offerings:
  • Thursday, August 19th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 19th, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Registration Form

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