Inspiring visit for female tech students
Six of our students attended an inspiring day learning how to develop a web app using Angular at a workshop run by ng-girls.org. This organisation aims to increase diversity in tech.
Six female students attended, four from Maidstone Campus; Maisie, Moontaha, Holly, Hebe and two from the Medway Campus; Lidia and Lucy. IT lecturer, Lucy Langridge from the Maidstone Campus, organised travel by minibus and accompanied the girls. An early start and a drive through heavy commuter traffic was necessary but there was a lot to learn before 5.30pm and the drive home!
Upon arrival there was a talk about Angular delivered by Shmuela Jacobs, ngGirls organiser. Next the girls were placed in pre-arranged groups, each with a mentor to work through coding materials. They worked with women from a diverse set of backgrounds all wanting to learn a new skill.
Lesson 1: once you have a job, you will still need, and want, to keep learning.
Lesson 2: learning together can be really powerful, supporting each other to work through problems means that we all learn more.
All of our students were treated to a lunch, a souvenir T shirt and a certificate for participating in the workshop.
Participation in the event took a level of confidence. The girls were able to meet women who were taking control of their careers by investing in their learning, all of whom were great role models. Prizes were raffled at the end and Lidia won a one-year licence for WebStorm.
Special thanks to Karen Scott of futureCoders for this brilliant opportunity for our students. futureCodersSE work to widen participation in the learning of programming and to produce work-ready, keen, young developers.