An event in Oldham aimed to inspire and empower more girls to study digital and technology subjects, and then to move into careers in these industries, was an excellent opportunity for girls in Year 8.
They travelled to Oldham’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, where they met role models working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) based jobs. They also took part in hands-on workshops and activities to give them an insight into the skills and qualifications they would need.
Alongside the students’ learning, teachers accompanying them learned about resources that can be used in school.
From using coding skills to create digital emojis, to designing an online business for a cake company, the girls worked alongside employees from companies as diverse as Auto Trader, Web Applications, Cisco and GCHQ. A separate session taught them about important female role models in technology.
Teacher of Computing Miss Thomas said, “The girls will soon be making their GCSE choices so this is a great time to find out more about the choice of job roles and study in the digital and technology sectors.”