Workshops for Women and Girls
Thanks to generous funding from the R Consortium, Forwards is pleased to offer the following workshops to support the development of coding skills and increase the participation of women in the R community:
Workshops for women are designed for women with some R coding experience who wish to learn more about package development, thereby addressing the skills gap that exists within the R community. As of 2016, an analysis of CRAN package maintainers estimated that fewer than 15% were women, and a useR! participant survey found that women were less likely than men to have experience contributing to or writing packages. Workshop participants learn to make code into an R package, do collaborative coding with GitHub, write a vignette or an article, build a package web page, and submit a package to CRAN. Participants can bring their own code that they wish to develop into a package or work with a Forwards example.
Workshops for high school girls serve as an introduction to coding in R and are designed for students interested in STEM, coding, and data analysis. Participants learn about plotting data, web scraping, and the development of Shiny apps. A selection of topics related to contemporary current affairs are used, and where possible, incorporate data specific to the workshop’s geographic location.
Forwards and ACEMS R Coding Workshop for Year 11 Girls at River City Labs
2019-03-30, 2019 Brisbane, Australia
Free to attend, More details
Instructors: Di Cook and a team of brilliant young women
Develop Packages in R at UCD O’Brien Centre for Science
2019-04-06, Dublin, Ireland
There is a small charge of EUR 5.85 to cover training materials, however tea/coffee and lunch are provided.
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Instructors: Isabella Gollini, assisted by Bruna Wundervald, Chiara Cotroneo, and Jo Niec.
Data Science in R: Coding Workshop for 11th and 12th Grade Girls at AT&T NYC Data Science Research Center
2018-10-27 New York City, USA
Instructors: Emily Dodwell and Joyce Robbins
Upgrade Your Workflow with a Custom Package at Cardiff satRday
2018-06-23 Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Instructor: Heather Turner
Package Development Workshop for Women at eRum 2018
2018-05-14 Budapest, Hungary
Instructors: Heather Turner and Isabella Gollini
Coding Workshop for 12th Grade Girls at The University of Auckland
2017-12-08 Auckland, New Zealand
Instructor: Di Cook
Women’s Coding Workshop at The University of Auckland
2017-12-07 Auckland, New Zealand
Instructors: Jenny Bryan, Di Cook, and Hadley Wickham
Coding Workshop for 11th Grade Girls at Kathleen Syme Library
2017-10-28 Melbourne, Australia
Instructor: Di Cook
Code of Conduct
Workshop instructors and participants agree to adhere to the R Consortium and R Community Code of Conduct.
If possible, please install the most recent versions of the following software on your laptop prior to the workshop:
If you have trouble, there will be technical support prior to the start of the workshop (arrive 30 minutes early).
Workshop materials are available on GitHub under a CC-BY-NC 3.0 license.
Teaching Examples Project
The Teaching team is developing a resource that collects more diverse and inclusive examples for use in the teaching of R. For more information and to get involved, see Teaching Examples on GibHub.