|Girl Guides Expand Digital Tech Activities With Google|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Friday, 06 May 2022|
The Girl Guides organization in the UK is extending its partnership with Google to show girls of all ages that technology can be made by everyone and is for anyone.
The expansion is a response to the Girls Attitude Survey 2021, an annual survey conducted for Girlguiding, which found that over half of girls and young women aged 11 to 21 who responded said they thought that Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) are subjects mainly for boys and young men. Even among the girls aged 7 to 10, 13% already thought STEM subjects are for boys. Overall, a third (34%) of respondents aged 7 to 21 feel there’s a lack of women in this area, with too few women role models.
The Girl Guides had already partnered with Google from 2018, when they began offering both Brownies and Rangers the opportunity to take part in digital focused activities. Over 15,000 girls took part in these.
In view of the latest survey, this partnership has been expanded to offer a new unit on the activity topic, Digital Discovery, with options for all sections of the Girl Guides organization, so girls of all ages have the opportunity to explore concepts like how coding, debugging, chatbots and algorithms work.
The youngest group Rainbows, aged 4-7, will explore app design and consider what app users might need from an app, through an activity called Happy appy.
Brownies, aged 7-10. will explore robots, coding and fixing bugs through Brownie bots. Guides, aged 10-14, will explore algorithms, flowcharts and design their own chatbots using Chattermatter, and Rangers, aged 14-18 will explore phone design, consider tradeoffs and design their own phone with Build-a-phone.
The activities have been created to be completed offline and don’t need any tech skills or experience to do. Recognizing the Brownies and Girl Guides love of getting a badge to show their achievements, there are badges to mark completion of the activities with Google.
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|Last Updated ( Monday, 09 May 2022 )|