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Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and Liberty IT join forces to lead the Way for Young Women In Technology with their Coding4Girls Summer Camp

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07/06/2018 14:19:23


On Friday 8th June, ITB are delighted to be once again running their innovative Coding4Girls summer camp. The camp is a fantastic opportunity for female second level girls to engage in the world of technology.

The Coding4Girls camp, which is funded by the HEA, evolved from a popular ITB schools initiative called 'Young Women in Technology', which has been successfully running in ITB since 2010. The Coding4Girls camp is open to all second level female students.

The Coding4Girls camp reflects the global push to boost the appeal of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) amongst young women. The camp will see the girls attend coding and engineering workshops, jointly delivered by staff volunteers from ITB and Liberty IT.

The camp aims to promote computing/technology/engineering as a career choice for female students with one of the key aspects of the programme to introduce positive female role models who have opted to be original and engage in a career that is traditionally more male dominated. ITB hopes that the programme would increase applications from females from local schools onto engineering and computing third level courses.

An integral part of the programme is the collaboration between ITB and Liberty IT who are both committed to the project. The project is a key part of ITB's drive to encourage more women to seek careers in STEM.

Michelle Looby, Lecturer Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, said; "Our research shows that traditionally considerably few girls than boys take up technology based subjects in second level and we feel that this a missed opportunity. Our project is all about giving girls an opportunity to explore technology and to consider other options. We have been very fortunate to partner with Liberty IT on this initiative and throughout the project the staff in Liberty IT have shown real commitment to promoting technology to females and we value their expertise, professionalism and fun they bring to the day."

Felim O'Donnell, Director of Operations at Liberty IT said; "We need to encourage more women to follow and carve out careers in industries that traditionally have been more male dominated. Liberty IT are delighted to collaborate with ITB on the Coding4Girls initiative. It's great to be able to give young women the opportunity to learn more about technology as a potential and rewarding career path."








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