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.
Zagami, J, Boden, M, Keane, T, Moreton, B & Schulz, K (2016). Female participation in school computing: reversing the trend. Sydney: Digital Careers).
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Watch this video featuring five female students from Gymea Bay Public School that participated in the Tech Girls are Superheroes competition and came second in their state. The group used MIT app inventor to complete their project.
Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship - Use this video to inspire your students to consider a STEM related career. The video of features women from across Australia who are role models and provide an insight into some possible STEM related careers and also promote STEM subjects in senior years of schooling.
The ATSE STELR team has produced a series of 19 video profiles featuring female role models and entrepreneurs from STEM fields. The role models are drawn from all states and territories in Australia and cover a wide range of STEM careers. The videos will inspire girls (and boys) to pursue STEM careers and aim to boost enrolments of girls in STEM subjects in senior years of schooling by highlighting study pathways.
In this commercial video, teenage girls talk about the power and agency they feel when they learn to code.
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.
This report explores some strategies aimed at raising participation of girls in computer science education and makes recommendations about future initiatives.
These three posters show students some of the amazing ways engineering is used everyday, and the awesome careers they can pursue in these areas. In particular check out the poster ‘Women working in engineering’.
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.
How to teach it
This site offers a range of suitable programs and sites to support girls in computing.
Students share and extend learning
PC4G is an annual one-day event to introduce girls in Year 10 to computer programming.
This website supports girls who are into coding with events, a blog and virtual events