Change Magazine September 2017 Issue - Page 42

Watch the GAME DEMO VIDEO at http://bit.ly/EraseAllKittens Most girls are intimidated by the language of technology. Only a quarter say that they know anything about engineering and coding and those that do, describe them as “more for boys” and “too difficult”. The biggest drop-off in interest is after the age of eleven. There is a clear educational need for a new approach to coding in a gender context. INNOVATION TEACHING GIRLS TO CODE Shwetal Shah There is a clear educational need for a new approach to coding in a gender context. It is estimated that less than 18% of girls participate in code education outside of school, and just 8% of the engineering jobs are held by women. Our vision is to transform this perception and empower girls to enable them to tap into growing opportunities in the tech sector. 38 Change Magazine September 2017 www.changemag-diinsider.com Most girls are intimidated by the language of technology. Only a quarter say that they know anything about engineering and coding and those that do, describe them as “more for boys” and “too difficult”. The biggest drop-off in interest is after the age of eleven. There is a clear educational need for a new approach to coding in a gender context. It is estimated that less than 18% of girls participate in code education outside of school, and just 8% of the engineering jobs are held by women. Our vision is to transform this perception and empower girls to enable them to tap into growing opportunities in the tech sector. In order to do this, we plan to create the first ever learning tool that inspires girls age 8-13 to code through the professional languages used by websites an ݕϊQ!Q50 ML))م͍ɥи)=ȁ䁽ѥٔ́Ѽɽٔ)եȁѥ)ɹѽɅ͔-ѕ(,ѡЁͥ)ɽѡɽչѼɔɱ)ѼݡЁեѡݥѠ)Ʌѥ̸ͭ),ɕѱ䁍ͥ́)ѕ́䁍ѕ)ѕͥ!Q50х٥)չՔqեtʹ)ѽ䵑ɥٕ䰁)ѕɅѥٔՔMѡɽ՝)ݽɐѠ,̀԰)ٕ́Ȁչɥ̰(̔ѡɔɱ̸)]Ѽɕ͕ɍ)ٕѥєɕЁѡ)ՍѥɑȁѼ)ѥٕѕ!Q50 ML))م͍ɥаѼɱ̸=ȁɕ)́ݥѼٕЁѥٔ)݅́Ѽѕ ML)م͍ɥ)ѼфѕЁɕЁѡ)ɹݥѠՑ̸)=ȁͽѥ́مѥٔ́Ё)եЁɽѡɽչ)Ѽɕ䁕Ѽ)хɝЁɽ]ٔѕ٥ݕ)չɕ́ɱ͕́)ܹͥȹ 5饹MѕȀ(