On Friday 21st January the Computing lab at UCTC was a hive of activity as girls from across Years 7-13 took part in an immersive coding hack evening.
The session was led by the very engaging Alan O'Donohoe and supported by two of our own expert UCTC Computing teachers: Rebecca Turner and Dan Tweed. Our girls worked together enthusiastically to crack a range of creative computer coding challenges, using both block and text based programming languages installed on raspberry Pi computers.
During the session the girls all shared their ideas, inventions and solutions; encouraging each other to take their computational thinking and programming as far as they could.
Computer Science underlies most innovation today, across disciplines from biotechnology to cinematography to national security.
It is about making a difference in the world, creating new things, and helping others. Girls and women are avid users of technology, but they are significantly underrepresented in its creation. Girls' lack of participation in this important and growing area has serious consequences, not only for them but for the future of technical innovation. With computing jobs among the fastest-growing and highest-paying, more women should benefit from these occupations. Our Coding Hack event is just one of many events we will be running to inspire and prepare our girls to innovate and create the new technologies of the future.
Holly Mankelow Year 7, wrote about the event: "I really enjoyed Friday afternoon as I have always felt like the odd one out around my brother and his computer coding friends. I love to do what they do but I'm the only girl. This was the first time that I have met other girls in my local area who are into the same things. Thank you for the great opportunity!"