TechFuture Girls – competition results and new challenges
TechFuture Girls ended last year on a high with a cyber security themed competition. Here we announce the winners, as well as news on the creation of brand new TechFuture Girls resources.
After celebrating another successful year of digital challenges for TechFuture Girls clubs, we launched a competition for students to design and create a winning cyber team to protect their school from a cyber-attack. The quality of entries were outstanding so it was decided to reward not just one winner, but two.
The winning entries were Jeavons Wood Primary School in Cambs, and Denbigh School in Milton Keynes. Congratulations to all students who took part!
‘The competition was really fun and enjoyable, we learned lots about how to stay safe online and keep all our information secure,’ was the overwhelming feedback from pupils.
Teachers also found the whole process a very positive learning experience. “This competition gave my pupils the chance to learn about a whole new umbrella of careers available to them, and to begin practising the skills and gaining the knowledge that they’ll need to join them,” said Mark Pettit, Computing & E-Safety Coordinator, at Jeavons Wood Primary School.
“They found the online resources really helpful and engaging, and worked as a team to identify threats in our school, and more importantly, to fix them.” It wasn’t just students and teachers who benefitted either, as he added, “parents have also told me that the children have brought their new interest home and have been educating them on how to keep their online lives secure!”
TechFuture Girls is an early intervention resource designed to encourage girls to pursue a career in technology. Statistics reveal that women now make up only 17% of the digital workforce. The resource introduces girls aged 9-14 to tech skills and career opportunities through interactive challenges around topics that include security, music, fashion, charity campaigning, design and sport.
“A lot of thought has gone into the planning of this site and as an adult I think it is well laid out. The resources seemed to be pitched just right,” said a TechFuture Girls club leader in a recent survey.
Over the course of the year, we’ve taken teachers and students feedback on board and we’re creating new content on a new beta version of TechFuture Girls.
The new content ranges from sports & fitness to digital gaming and are all linked to the curriculum. More topics will be added throughout the autumn term to include cyber-safety, digital fundraising, fashion and tech, digital music making and digital CSI.
Not only is there new content to get students excited about the world of digital, but each module is linked to a digital badge. Therefore, students can earn badges as they learn a whole new range of digital skills.
The resources are freely available to all schools in the UK.