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CEMC: CS Escape is a workshop designed to introduce programming to young women and people of other gender identities under-represented in computer science* in Grade 8 who have very little or no programming experience.

Students will learn basic Computer Science concepts using CoSpaces. This platform makes it easy to create interesting, interactive, 3-D animations that can be explored in virtual or augmented reality on various digital devices.

Intended Audience

Young women and people of other gender identities under-represented in computer science* in Grade 8 who are interested in learning about programming and enjoy a challenge.

Dates and Location

The workshop will take place virtually on Zoom over four Monday evening sessions: January 10, 17, 24, 31.

Event Details

Each session will be held virtually on Zoom from 7:00 p.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m.

  • Sessions will consist of a lesson portion that will introduce important Computer Science concepts followed by an opportunity to ask questions about what they have just learned.
  • By the end of these sessions, participants will have the tools to create a virtual escape room that they can share with friends.

The sessions are designed to spark interest in Computer Science in students who have done little or no programming.

  • Students are encouraged to sign up with a partner, but they may register as individuals as well.
  • Participants will be given a short task designed to introduce them to CoSpaces that they will be expected to complete before the first workshop session.
  • Everyone who takes part in the workshop will be given a 6-month license for the Pro version of the CoSpaces platform which they can use to explore more at their own pace.

There will be optional virtual session times scheduled during the month of Jan for participants to join and ask individual questions about the projects they are working on. These sessions will be scheduled prior to the start of the workshop on Jan 10.


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There are a limited number of spots available for the workshop. Registration will remain open until December 22, or until registration numbers reach the workshop capacity

Why this Audience?

Mathematics and Computer Science are powerful tools, and diversity among mathematicians and computer scientists increases the potential for positive impact. One of the initiatives of the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing is to encourage better gender diversity in the field of mathematics and computer science. See for recent statistics on gender diversity in mathematics. Following the lead of the University of Waterloo, the CEMC encourages people with gender identities under-represented in mathematics and computer science to apply and participate in all our events. We endeavour to make our events and accommodations welcoming to people of all gender identities in attendance.


For more information, please contact our Events Team.