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GT Scholars presents #GirlMeetsCode

Did you know that the technology sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the world? It’s a highly-paid industry with software engineering ranked second of the 10 highest paying entry level jobs in the UK. There are more than a million people working in this sector in the UK but only 16% are women (data from ONS 2019) and with so many employers looking for more women to apply to their roles, you’ve got to wonder,  why aren’t there more women in technology?

In 2017, we asked some of our girls, why so many young women aren’t considering careers in technology. There were a wide range of reasons but it generally came down to low confidence in their technology skills, not enough role models (that they were aware of) and a lack of awareness of opportunities in this sector.

So we decided to do something about this!
#GirlMeetsCode is a 6-month programme for girls in Years 9 & 10. The programme includes 10 workshop days held in Central London on Saturdays & during half term. Each year, we’ll be working with dozens of girls interested in coding & technology. You don’t need to have any previous experience of coding. All you need is to be open minded and to have an interest in technology. We’re looking for girls that are willing to go against the grain.

As part of this programme, you’ll be building and improving your skills in coding and technology. You’ll get to meet and work with like-minded girls, using your creative skills to solve problems. You’ll be working collaboratively on tech projects. You’ll also get to meet role models and women working in the tech sector. What’s more is that this programme is funded by our partners who are passionate about seeing more girls in tech.

So how do you get started?
There are two intake periods each year. Applications open in January & June each year. You’ll need to fill in a short application form to get started.

To register your interest and find out more about this programme visit www.gtscholars.org

In The Know – Book your Coding Workshops PLUS a Freebie for Coding Week!

In The Know – Book your Coding Workshops PLUS a Freebie for Coding Week!

Coding & Technology In The Know What's new? Young people

This week is European Coding week and we’ll be celebrating throughout this month with tech related blog posts, a free resource for you to download and further celebrations later this month with a series of half-term coding workshops at Google Academy London!

Free Download – 20 Free Coding Resources!
Did you know that you can teach yourself how to code? We’ve put together some amazing websites that young people can use to teach themselves how to code! These websites and online platforms are easy to use and they are free to access. From solving fun storyline problems using coding to animation & art themed challenges, this is a fantastic download for young people interested in coding. Follow this link for your free download!

#DayofCode – Wednesday 23rd October & Thursday 24th October
We’ve managed to secure three dates to run coding workshops at Google Academy! As many parents have requested, #DayofCode will be open to boys and girls aged 12-16 (Years 8 to 11). The workshops will give each young person a chance to develop their coding skills and build an exciting mobile app game in just one day! The workshop content is repeated so you only need to book your child for one day! All tickets will be released in phases via eventbrite: www.gtscholars.eventbrite.com

#GirlMeetsCode – Tuesday 22nd October 2019
All the stats show that there are fewer women in Tech and numbers have declined since the 90s! We know that girls can be a force for good in the world and many technology companies are actively seeking women to make a change in the technology world. For this reason, we’re running a special day coding workshop just for girls! Similar to #DayofCode, this workshop will not require any previous coding experience as you’ll be guided through the day by our facilitators and volunteers. To join in with the girls go to: www.gtscholars.eventbrite.com


In The Know: Code Like a Ninja!

In The Know: Code Like a Ninja!

Coding & Technology In The Know Parents What's new?

It’s the last day of school for most young people in London and the summer holiday is the perfect time to discover new interests. This week, we’ve listed three activities that promote the development of young people’s coding or software development skills.

CoderDojo: This volunteer-led community aims to offer free programming lessons to young people between the ages of 7 and 17. Individual clubs or Dojos, act independently to offer programming knowledge in an effort to address the global shortage of programmers. Each Dojo has its own rules regarding registration and attendance. To attend, young people need to have a laptop but some Dojos do have spare laptops to lend. For more information, click here

Teens code the collection: The British Museum has a free event scheduled for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 15 years of age. Young people will be taught how to create LED badges using the new BBC micro:bit. Creations will be inspired by medals and brooches from the Museum’s own collection. This event will be held on the 5th of August between 11:00 to 1600 at the Samsung Discovery Centre . For more information, click here

Code Academy: This interactive online platform offers free classes in 12 different programming languages. Programming languages that offered include JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, AngularJS, SQL, Java, HTML, CSS, PHP and Python. The site boasts over 25 million users from around the world and has a “Pro” paid option which gives access to learning plans, quizzes, realistic projects and live help from advisors. For more information, click here.

Thinking of what to do next year? The GT Scholars programme is an after-school programme for young people aged 11-16. Our goal is to help young people achieve excellent grades, especially in STEM fields. We’ve still got a few spaces left for young people that want to join GT Scholars next term. If you’re interested, you’ll need to register your interest here or give us a call on 02088168066

PS: ‘In the know’ will be taking a short break from Tuesday 1st August to Friday 25th August as there will be limited availability in the office. You can still reach the office during this period as we’ll still be open during normal office hours Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.