Girls get hands on in computing

Girls aged 11 to 13 from schools across the East Midlands got to find out more about computing and hear from inspirational women working in the field.

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Girls get hands on with computing
Girls get hands on with computing

The computing event was held at the National Video Arcade and was organised by Nottingham Trent University.

The Regional Centre for Computing at School, based at the University, is working to encourage young people to understand the opportunities and benefits of computing. As part of that, it is focusing on girls, as women are often underrepresented in computing occupations.

At the event pupils from 9 schools in the area, and their teachers, listened as women working in computing explained what excites them about their careers. They also got the chance to take part in a competition and various activities, including a treasure hunt and encryption competition around the galleries in the National Video Arcade.

Dr Helen Boulton, who leads the Computing at School project in the East Midlands and works at NTU’s Institute of Education, said the day had proved a huge success with the girls and their teachers.

“Computing provides a fantastic range of diverse employment routes and it is important for children to understand the opportunities it presents and that’s why we want to capture their imagination and show them some aspects of computing they may not have considered.  We had some inspirational talks from women in computing and it was great to see so many girls all enjoying computing and making computing games.”

As part of the Computing at School project Nottingham Trent University is providing support to all primary and secondary schools across the East Midlands.  The University is offering a free consultancy service and free CPD for computing teachers.

Mrs Kerry Turner, Head of Computing, ICT and  E-learning at Nottingham High School, said: “The girls had a wonderful day at the conference. The talk from a senior Computer Science lecturer and down to earth, informative video chats from former Computer Science students were extremely useful for anyone considering  taking this subject further.”

Computing teachers who would like more information can contact via email or go to their website for information on events.

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