By Carl Simmons (Original Article can be found here)
Friday 28th June 2013
Ada Lovelace : Founder of Scientific Computing 1815 – 1852
The activity-packed day included hands -on workshops for the girls to enjoy computing and technology in a mostly female, definitely fun atmosphere.
This was a free program which appealed to girl’s design aspirations by focusing on design and creativity through technology and computing. The sessions were run by University lecturers ably assisted by IT and Computing trainee teachers and NQTs.
- Exploring stereotypes
- Looking at wearable technology
- Designing inspirational mobile apps using App Inventor
- Creating small computer games in Stencyl
How did it go?
The day went very smoothly and feedback throughout has been extremely positive. 100% of the teachers and pupils said that they would suggest that another school come to the event. The girls said…
“The day was amazing”, “Easy to understand and inspiring”, “Because it is inspiring and I don’t think people realize that it’s not that hard”, “It is fun and it shows that some jobs aren’t just for men”, “Proves that not all programming jobs are for boys”, “I learned a lot about technology and computing”, “More girls would get inspired to a career in technology”, “It shows that girls are able to have a career in IT and it was fun and I learnt a lot”, “Because it was inspirational and extremely enjoyable”. “It was inspiring to maybe do something like that in the future” , “It was fun and interesting to hear about women in technology”
Radio Lancashire – Drive Time
Dawn Hewitson and Colette Giblin visited the Radio Lancashire Blackburn studio to describe the girls’ reaction to the day and explain why the issue of underrepresentation of girls in computing and technology is so important.
Funding for the event was provided by CAS Include (Computing at Schools).