Mark Zarecki & Abdi Karod speak at Limmud Ottawa

On November 1st, 2015, hundreds attended Limmud (“Learn”) Ottawa at the Jewish Community Centre (J.C.C.). Participants were invited to choose from an impressive list of 30+ literary, religious, political, cultural and cross-cultural workshops for a full day of learning and dialogue. One of these cross cultural workshops was delivered by executive directors Mark Zarecki and Abdi Karod … More Mark Zarecki & Abdi Karod speak at Limmud Ottawa

UOttawa Maker Space

Shadi Halak (pictured below), age 12, learns how to create 3D models on Tinkercad at the University of Ottawa Maker Space on Friday, August 14th. Thank you Professor Hanan Anis, Luc Lalande and instructor Danielle DeBoucherville Taillon for opening your doors to Britannia Woods youth. One camper asked if we could race the 3D printed mini ducks on water. A second … More UOttawa Maker Space

Visit to Shopify

On August 13th, 2015, campers from the Britannia Woods Maker Space learned about e-commerce on a trip to Shopify headquarters with Shopify staff, Wesley Ellis. Currently, about 8% of purchases are made online. The percent of e-commerce sales are projected to grow in the coming years as more purchases are made on PCs and smartphones. 160,000 … More Visit to Shopify

From Refugee status to IBM and beyond

Mutual learning and more fascinating Somali immigrant tales emerged at the November 30th, 2015 tech talk co-sponsored by Jewish Family services and Somali Center for family services of Ottawa. Asad Sheikh, Ottawa-based, of Airbus Defence and Space: “I arrived to Canada as a refugee in 1995 with a high school diploma, very basic English and no money. … More From Refugee status to IBM and beyond

“Kids are spending a lot of time online”

At the “Kids Can Code” launch party on July 28th, 2015, parents in the community said that their kids were spending hours each day playing games online during the summer holidays. These engaged parents forced me to re-think my vision, mission and program goals in a deeper and more practical way. Initially, the inspiration for Kids Can Code was based … More “Kids are spending a lot of time online”

CBC Ottawa morning interviews Yezen Al-Katta

Thank you CBC Ottawa for interviewing Jeff Sweeton and Yezen Al-Katta on the learning potential of Lego Mindstorms – a robot connected by a smartphone! Yezen built the 400+ piece robot in one afternoon in early July. The next day, the 14-year old summer intern successfully connected the robot to his smartphone. (a “smart robot”) On August 12th, 2015, Yezen … More CBC Ottawa morning interviews Yezen Al-Katta

Rose Ke: Goldie Blox

by Rose Ke On Tuesday, August 12th, we watched videos of girls doing programming on Made with Code because more males do programming and they also want girls to program. I code on Code Academy which is part of programming I think. I then chose Goldie Blox because I was wondering what it was all about. Sephora (who was … More Rose Ke: Goldie Blox