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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.

References

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

RESOURCES

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Tech Girls are Superheroes - Gymea Bay Public School

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

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.