Digigirlz: The Next Generation
A group of Year 8 girls visited the Microsoft Headquarters in Reading for a tech-filled day where they to learn about coding and the work that Microsoft do. Students also had the chance to meet the CEO of Microsoft UK, Cindy Rose, in person and heard inspiring stories from many other successful women in Technology.
Throughout the day there were a number of challenging projects which culminated in a final idea for how to increase awareness for Road Safety. Huraira, Kaynat and Adeva won the CEO award with a brilliant idea involving a speed sensor in the car linked to local school areas with visual and audio aids to slow drivers down.
The other group of girls, Aiela, Aliya, Hannah and Fahmida came runners-up in the Engineers pick with their idea which involved barriers and temperature sensitive cats eyes in the road.
All in a truly once in a lifetime experience which has had a massive impact on the girls who attended!
“I had the chance to go to Microsoft and participate in their coding event for girls, I believe that this is important because women and girls should be encouraged to choose a field in technology if they are interested. Statistically women hold only 25% of computing roles and about 75% percent of girls express interest in STEM fields and computer science. I enjoyed the trip because it made me understand the importance of women in the technology industry and that we shouldn’t be deterred from entering a job that is technology related.” Huraira Rahman | 85
“On Friday 27th April 2018, me and a few others were selected to take part in a Microsoft trip. This trip was an amazing experience, for many reasons.The first reason is that we had met Cindy Rose - the CEO of Microsoft in the UK. Meeting her was an amazing experience, as we were told that most people in the tech industry are men. Her message inspired us more to get into tech - so we could become one of the few women in the tech industry to be known.” Hannah Sharma | 85
“This trip has been the best experience withing the technology trips, I, as well as the others, have learnt so much and would love to go back.” Fahmida Yasmin | 88