Girls’ Programming Network

Introduce your female students to computer programming with our interactive workshops as part of the Girls’ Programming Network, held on campus.

In light of the COVID-19 situation, the University will continue to follow expert health advice and will continue to make decisions about its activities which are in the best interests of the health, safety and well-being of the entire University community.

Two girls work together on a programming task

The Girls’ Programming Network (GPN) is a program developed and run by girls and for girls. Managed by a group of female information technology (IT) students (both from the University of Melbourne and elsewhere), it’s for high school girls interested in IT, particularly those interested in learning to program or improving their software development skills.

One weekend day each term we run a workshop with an activity where girls can learn about an exciting topic in computer science. Topics we explore range from Cellular Automata to Artificial Intelligence.

In most workshops we also look at the Python programming language. Participants will learn to program in Python and get hands-on experience writing computer programs.

Attending GPN is a great way to improve girls’ programming skills, regardless of what level they are currently at.

GPN will also prepare you for the National Computer Science School (NCSS) over summer.

GPN is also a unique opportunity for girls to meet new friends with similar interests, find mentors, and find out about university life.

2022 schedule

Term 1: Saturday 26 March, 2022

Term 2: Saturday 7 May, 2022

Term 3: Saturday 3 September, 2022

Term 4: Saturday 15 October, 2022


Event format




Welcome and introduction


Morning Lab session


Lunch (provided)


Computerless STEM based game


Afternoon Lab session


Event concludes


The event organisers have taken extensive measures to ensure a COVIDSafe event in conjunction with the University’s COVIDSafe Plan. There will be enhanced infection control and cleaning measures in place across all of our campuses to ensure we are creating the safest environment and continuing to prioritise the health and safety for all of our staff, students and the local community.

For more information, refer to the University’s COVID-19 response page.

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