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GIRLS IN TECH

Girls in Tech

What is it?

While most future jobs require high levels of digital literacy, only 1:10 graduates from IT degrees are women (Zagami et al, 2016). There is also significant gender disparity at technology companies.

Key players in the technology industry, such as Google, aim to inspire girls and women in technological pursuits, with the hope that they can contribute more to, and have a greater voice in, the field of technology. These companies believe that increased exposure to technological activities directed specifically towards girls at school will help increase confidence and interest in the area.

As a way of supporting and encouraging 'girls in tech', this ESA guide has been developed to provide resources, readings, competitions and programs specifically about promoting technology education for girls.

Reference
Zagami, J, Boden, M, Keane, T, Moreton, B & Schulz, K (2016). Female participation in school computing: reversing the trend. Sydney: Digital Careers).

RESOURCES

Learn more about it


Robogals

Robogals

Robogals is an international, not-for-profit, student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology through fun and educational initiatives aimed at girls in primary and secondary schools. The site contains helpful background and research on girls' participation in STEM.

Top ten ways families can encourage girls' interest in computing

Top ten ways families can encourage girls' interest in computing

In the article, each of the ten tips is accompanied by links to suggested resources to support and encourage girls' interest in computing.

#GirlsCan: Girls who code

#GirlsCan: Girls who code

In this commercial video, teenage girls talk about the power and agency they feel when they learn to code.

Progressing STEM skills in Australia

Progressing STEM skills in Australia

This 2015 report from the Australian Industry Group notes that STEM skills are essential 'for the future economic and social well-being of Australia'. An estimated 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills and knowledge. The report places Australia's progress within an international context and explores the participation of women and girls in this area.

Female participation in school computing: Reversing the trend

Female participation in school computing: Reversing the trend

This report explores some strategies aimed at raising participation of girls in computer science education and makes recommendations about future initiatives.

Case studies


Two girls on the computer

St Aidan's Anglican School

Learning digital technologies outside of the traditional classroom

Two girls on the computer

Matthew Flinders Secondary College

Creating new learning programs

Ravenswood School for Girls

Ravenswood School for Girls

'Now we are sort of testing the limits'

Competitions and programs


Programming Challenge 4 Girls

Programming Challenge 4 Girls

PC4G is an annual one-day event to introduce girls in Year 10 to computer programming.

Code like a girl

Code like a girl

This website supports girls who are into coding with events, a blog and virtual events

Tech Girl Superhero

Tech Girl Superhero

This website asks: Are you Australia's next Tech Girl Superhero? Girls work in teams to create an app that solves a problem in their local community.