In the Northern Ontario town of Timmins, Cash Cayen, a local girl, tried to register for a robotics program at the library that was designated as boys only. She was refused because she was a girl. Her mother started a petition on Change.org to get support to enrol her daughter in the program. The petition spread and the number of signatories grew quickly (at the time of this writing it is closing in on 25,000). The library board has now reversed the decision and opened the program to all kids age 9 -12. Good for them. Good for the girls in Timmins to be able to participate in a science and technology program that was previously closed to them.
Too bad about the boys though. [Read more…]