I’m not exactly sure why, but in our dojo we’re blessed with quite a lot of girls. We tend to have 1/3 girls and 2/3 boys in a group of ~25. In the first year we sadly didn’t even have a single female coach in our team, but I can’t see any difference after that changed. We do have one coach who brings his 3 daughters along, which I suspect created a solid base to build from in the beginning, so to say.
I can’t say I’ve noticed any different treatments based on gender in our group. We treat everybody the same and that seems to work for us. When picking the ‘inspirational subject of the month’ about which to make a project if the kids need inspiration, we do purposefully try to pick very neutral things that don’t specifically target boys or girls. Usually a subject like holidays, colours, … We also don’t give any special treatment when dealing with registration or split up in groups at all. We do tend to see that new girls are generally less inclined to ask questions when they’re stuck in their program, but our coaches patrol quite a lot and we usually notice that rather quickly. After a session or two this shyness seems to vanish completely.
We also give every kid the opportunity to present their work at the end of the session in the ‘show and tell’. Every kid gets roughly the same applause, which is something we didn’t have to explain to the parents.
To be honest, the gender subject hardly ever comes up in our group, apart from positively noticing the percentage at the end of the year when we’re making the statistics (though I’d much rather like it to be 50-50). I’m not sure how this experience can be useful to others, but here it is nonetheless.
We’ve extended the deadline of the Coolest Projects Showcase!
What we would really love is more girls to register their projects and participate on the day.
Often those who haven’t already registered feel like their project ‘isn’t good enough’ to enter, they might be shy about talking about their project to judges or not know what to expect from the event itself.
Encourage girls at your Dojo to enter. The most effective way to do this is chatting to them directly, as opposed to talking to the group. Ask them about their project and highlight how showcasing it is a great opportunity for them to show others what they can do.
In terms of alleviating the reluctance many ninjas may feel about presenting, highlight that the judges are volunteers just like you, who will talk to them the same as you do in a Dojo. A lot of Dojos already encourage presenting at the end of their sessions. You can also let ninjas practice in a less intimidating way ahead of the event by getting them to go around and ask to each other one or two questions about their projects.
You can also help girls be more confident about the event by showing them videos from the event, so they know what to expect or hear what ninjas who have been at Coolest Projects have to say about it, such as Katie or Ciara.
Older girls in particular have a lower participation rate, supporting these ninjas by having a laptop set up for you to go through registration with them at your Dojo can be really benificial.
You can also highlight older girls who have been successful at the showcase in the past, such as then 16 year old, Orla Docherty who was awarded top prize in the mobile category for her iPhone app Key Tracker, which uses Bluetooth to find people’s keys.
Here are some of the stats we had ahead of the deadline, we would love to improve on these and support more girls to participate
Thanks @Guillaume-Feliciano ! 🤓
I love @Nuala-Nic-Éil 's robot, he is just the cutest ❤️. Can’t wait to see what will be created by others using the Sushi Cards. One of the things I love about this technology is how big a part imagination plays, and seeing all the different things people come up with.
Feel free to post photos here sharing your results!
will do , since then our corporate WIT group is organizing to host the girls on site and talk about careers in tech.,
@Nuala-Nic-Éil I love this! @Sandra-Maguire @Harold-Perez might be cool to show/share with parents at the next Dojo!
@Nuala-Nic-Éil I made one of these a couple of years ago - unfortunately it’s now in for refactoring into another skirt after I burnt a small hole in the circuitry https://www.dropbox.com/s/48e1idrjfiuvxt3/2014-11-25 22.24.44.mov?dl=0
I used to wear it at workshops for young people facing barriers to getting involved in digital making as an unusual example of coding, and the sheer unusualness of having a piece of clothing you could program to do things really caught the attention of both boys and girls.
Did you see our new blog with top tips for encouraging girls in tech?
You can see it here. If you have more ideas or input, just comment below
Applications for the EU Digital Girl of the year are currently open for girls across three age categories; 10 years and under; 11-to-14 years old; and 15-to-17 years old.
The previous two winners (2015 and 2014) have been inspiring CoderDojo ninjas; Niamh Scanlon and Lauren Boyle. We would LOVE to see another CoderDojo ninja take this prestigious title! Please share with your Dojos and encourage many to apply.
For more information and the full T&C’s see here.
The deadline is the 21st of October 2016.
The Award Ceremony will take place on the 9th of December 2016.
You can also view the Digital Divas Club from Melbourne - lots of great resources.
The new CoderDojo club I am going to create is going to focus on using Vid Code then Alice - which are both very visual creative tools.
Apparently girls also like finding solutions to community / social problems.
Just wanted to make everyone aware of a Scholarship for GDC that is being run by Diversi & King!
DIVERSI IN PARTNERSHIP WITH KING PRESENTS GDC16 SCHOLARSHIP FOR ASPIRING WOMEN IN GAMES
A competition for female (cis/trans) students with permanent EU residency looking to pursue a career in the games industry.
In an effort to further encourage and strengthen the presence of women in the games industry, Diversi in partnership with King will be sending 10 students to the 2016 Game Developers Conference, one of the largest conferences on game development in the world.
The Scholarship, a competition initiated by Diversi and King’s employee network Women@King, is open for all female-identifying students with permanent EU residency pursuing a degree and considering a future in the games industry. The scholarship aims to provide more women with the opportunity to grow their network, exchange ideas and ease the transition from student life to work life.
So if you’re thinking about a professional future in the games industry, send us your application and hopefully you will be coming with us to GDC 2016!
THE SCHOLARSHIP PRIZE INCLUDES
One All Access Pass to the GDC 2016 in San Fransisco
Accommodation for the 5 night stay in San Fransisco
Flight expenses covered to and from San Francisco
Access to networking events specific to the scholarship programme
If you know of anyone who would be interested in this this position. Please see here for more information about this opportunity!
I recently visited a local secondary school as part of the Ada Lovelace Initiative. The initiative aims to raise awareness about careers in STEM with secondary school students. Read more about it here! https://coderdojo.com/news/2015/09/22/get-involved-with-the-ada-lovelace-initiative-by-roisin-healy/
Read the interview following my visit here! Looking forward to visiting more schools. http://www.verifyrecruitment.com/blog/index.php/meet-the-role-models-a-l-i-1-ursula-clarke-everett/
Great - working on this also in our Dojo…
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