On Wednesday, the 6th of July, Lwandle staff: Raissa Phillibert, Lisa Holton and Mathabo Malange went out to the Bandwidth Barn in Khayelitsha to give a career talk about marine sciences to aspiring young coders from Code for Cape Town (Code4CT).
Code4CT is a program based in Cape Town, South Africa that introduces high school girls to the world of coding, basic web building skills and exposes them to opportunities in the IT industry. Code4CT aims to inspire and empower a generation of young girls who are well-prepared with a toolkit of technical and soft skills to achieve high impact in the work place. As part of their holiday program, Code4CT invites people who work in an industry that uses coding to speak to the learners and this year Lwandle was invited. More information about Code4CT can be found at www.code4ct.com.
The purpose of the career talk was to allow the students to see one of the many applications coding has and to also introduce them to marine sciences. Time was spent explaining what marine science is and what Lwandle does. Each speaker shared how they use coding as part of their work in marine science at Lwandle and showed examples of data analysis and pretty plots created using Matlab or Python.
The students were fascinated at how coding is used in marine sciences and the talk was a success. Lwandle hopes to give more talks like these in the future where we can inspire the marine scientists of tomorrow.
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