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Seeing Possibilities and Rewards in Computer Science (SPARCS)

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SPARCS is a unique opportunity designed to ignite enthusiasm for computer science among people of gender identities under-represented in computer science.* Designed for Grade 9 and 10 students with little to no exposure to computer science, this workshop brings participants together from across Canada. Participants learn that computer science is about much more than using and programming computers.

Intended Audience

This workshop is for people with gender identities under-represented in computer science including women, non-binary and trans folk. Applicants must be in Grade 9 or 10, have an interest in mathematics, and must currently attend a Canadian high school or middle school. Participants should not have attended a similar workshop.

SPARCS (Virtual)

A virtual version of this workshop will be held on Zoom from Sunday, June 11 to Wednesday, June 14, 2023. Each day will consist of two, hour-long sessions. Participants are expected to attend all session and event times listed for the workshop.

Date and Location

The workshop will be conducted in Spring 2024.

Applications and Selection Process

Applications for the workshop will open in April 2024.


Registration fee of $25 will need to be paid after applicants are selected for the workshop. Financial support to cover the cost of the workshop may be arranged for students in need.

*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. The CEMC encourages all people with gender identities under-represented in mathematics and computer science including women, non-binary and trans folk to apply to and participate in all of 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.