AusRegistry celebrates Girls in ICT Day with 5-year-old coders

International Girls in ICT Day is a global initiative designed to inspire, empower and encourage girls and young women to improve their skills and consider careers in the fields of Information and Computer Technology.

As a future-minded technology company, AusRegistry of course sees enormous value in increasing the diversity of our industry in order to encourage a variety of opinions, experiences and skills to create better workplaces, better ideas and better outcomes for all.

In particular, as the official wholesale Registry provider for .au domain names, ensuring the future of Australia’s internet and technology industry is a cause of the highest importance to AusRegistry.

To celebrate Girls in ICT Day 2017, AusRegistry partnered with Girl Geek Academy to run a ‘#MissMakesCode’ workshop for a group of young girls at Queen of Peace Primary School in Altona Meadows. The workshop is a first-of-its-kind ‘hackathon’ for girls aged between five and eight years old, created to build confidence and self-efficacy in the areas of algorithmic thinking, programming and coding.

On April 24th, 25 female students from Queen of Peace Primary attended the all-day workshop held at the school, mixing and working with other participants who ranged from Prep to Year 3.

Through a range of online and ‘unplugged’ activities, they were introduced to some of the basic concepts of coding, learning words such as ‘algorithm’, ‘sequence’ and ‘iteration’. Using primarily drag-and-drop tools, they progressed on to creating short animations built with a series of instructions
that made characters move and interact.

AusRegistry Senior Client Services Manager, Maggie Whitnall explained the event’s significance to the team at AusRegistry.

“Increasing participation in technology is in perfect alignment with AusRegistry and the work we do. We are very passionate about our industry and having more women consider careers in this field so events like today are a good starting point for young girls to get a taste for coding.

“What we wanted to achieve with today’s event is to be part of encouraging and inspiring young girls, letting them know they’re on equal footing with the boys and just to show them how joyful, creative and inspiring technology can be.”

Queen of Peace Primary teacher Josie Kirby said that the unique environment of all-girls across a range of year levels created a safe space where the students could discover something new.

“I like the way all the girls engaged in the task. The age ranges were five to eight and girls worked with each other implementing skills and information while having fun. It was non-threatening and allowed the girls to move at their own pace.”

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