We are in the process of developing a guide to help support Dojos host a CoderDojo Girls event, with the aim of increasing the numbers of girls attending their regular Dojo. The guide will also provide insights from Community members with tried and tested advice on sustaining girls in a Dojo setting.
We have already created support guides for both parents and girls themselves. This guide already promises to be more robust, with extensive practical advice from Champions and mentors, who utilise a variety of different approaches and content to increasing attendance and sustained engagement among the girls at their Dojo.
We would love to hear your insights and experiences; particularly in relation to your approach and the resources you found most useful in this regard, to help make this guide as benificial and comprehensive as possible to other Dojos and volunteers.
Please post below or if you prefer email me, Nuala, directly at email@example.com
@Gemma-Cagney has been a Robotics Mentor at the Silicon docks CoderDojo for over ten months. Her Dojo is notable in that girls outnumber boys on a ratio of about 60:40. Below she shares a little bit about what they’ve learned along their journey. For her, the three most important factors for creating and growing a Dojo which is fun for all involved have been their network, environment and content.
Gemma has written two blogs already about her insights and advice:
Building a Network to support female Mentors and Ninjas
Creating an environment to support female ninjas
You can read more about our CoderDojo Girls Initiative here or share your insights and thoughts about encouraging and supporting CoderDojo Girls in your Dojo.
@Gisela-Rossi Another vote here to please stay with it! The need is real and the progress you are making with your group is real, even if the numbers are relatively low.
We start girls-only teams, tables or groups with all of our STEM activities (we run FIRST and CyberPatriot programs in addition to CoderDojo) when the number of female participants fall way low (under 20%). With the changes the girls thrive and grow and eventually they choose on their own to join mixed teams or tables as they get older.
The US has strong laws for equal opportunity in school-sponsored sports called Title IX. The same underlying principles apply to STEM activities in our view.
One observation: the age the girls start in STEM activities does not matter - a 9 year old or a 16 year old can experience the same initial biases and lack of support. What matters is that they get a year or two to get their footing in these STEM activities. After that second year they seem to thrive.
Interesting article from the BBC highlighting regional differences in Female participation and interest in STEM particularly from ages 11-30. (thanks for sharing @Zita-Daniel-Nad)
They compare results Microsofts research with Unesco studies and case studies from Females in STEM in Russia. I particularly like this interactive graph which compares high/low interest in Stem in the counties included in Microsofts study.
Alarmingly across markets there is a large drop in STEM interest in girls while they are 13–18 years of age, the age at which most decide what they they will study in college and the direction of their career.
The article notes:
"According to Unesco, 29% of people in scientific research worldwide are women, compared with 41% in Russia. In the UK, about 4% of inventors are women, whereas the figure is 15% in Russia.
Russian girls view Stem far more positively, with their interest starting earlier and lasting longer, says Julian Lambertin, managing director at KRC Research, the firm that oversaw the Microsoft interviews.
"Most of the girls we talked to from other countries had a slightly playful approach to Stem, whereas in Russia, even the very youngest were extremely focused on the fact that their future employment opportunities were more likely to be rooted in Stem subjects.“
These girls cite parental encouragement and female role models as key, as well as female teachers who outnumber their male colleagues presiding over a curriculum viewed as gender neutral.”
Feel free to share your thoughts about the piece below
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR NINJAS TO REGISTER THEIR CODERDOJO PROJECTS!!!
Help them register their Projects here.
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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