Girl Geek Academy launches world first #MissMakesCode
teacher training program for 5 – 8 year old girls
Program kicks off with all girls’ coding class at Sydney’s Custom’s House, Fri 28 April, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Call out for 1,000 primary school teachers to unite and teach our girls to code
Australia, 27 April 2017: Australia’s Girl Geek Academy is celebrating International Girls in ICT Day this week with the next phase of its world-first coding curriculum targeting girls aged five to eight – #MissMakesCode.
Girl Geek Academy will officially launch the #MissMakesCode teacher training program tomorrow at a sold-out coding workshop taking place in Sydney at Custom’s House. The event, in partnership with leading female film festival, For Films Sake, will see local primary school girls learn to code and build a game in a day.
Girl Geek Academy’s #MissMakesCode is the first initiative in the world created to build confidence and self-efficacy in the areas of algorithmic thinking, programming and coding targeting young girls aged from five to eight. To ensure solid pedagogical approaches are used, #MissMakesCode aligns with the Digital Technologies Curriculum.
Girl Geek Academy is a global movement encouraging women to learn technology, create startups and build more of the internet. The girl-gang work with teachers, schools, corporates and startups to increase the number of woman in the digital and entrepreneurial landscape.
Created by teachers, for teachers, the #MissMakesCode program is delivered through specialist teacher training bootcamps where primary school teachers, teacher librarians and parents of five to eight year old girls are provided with the framework to deliver these fun and engaging workshops. Educators will learn how to code their own game, just as their students would, followed by practical examples and resources to help them roll the program out in their school.
Girl Geek Academy strongly advocate for the upskilling of teachers in this space to boost their own career trajectory and increase the reach of the workshops – and ultimately, the number of girls pursuing STEAM careers by adding the art and design element to the traditional STEM focus.
Girl Geek Academy CEO, Sarah Moran said: “We’re pumped to announce that #MissMakesCodes is back for another year and we encourage primary teachers across Australia to join us for the upcoming teacher training workshops starting in July or register for our online bootcamps.
“#MissMakesCode is an important initiative in our bid to help increase the numbers of women in future IT careers and diversify IT roles for women. It’s critical that we engage girls in technology from the age of five, so that it can become a native skill like reading and writing. We know that it’s easier to engage girls in technology before they have been exposed to any gender bias, as research shows that from the age of six, girls already have gendered beliefs about intelligence and they’re more likely to avoid games meant for “really, really smart” children,” continued Ms Moran.
Earlier this week, Girl Geek Academy teamed up with official .au wholesale provide AusRegistry to run a coding workshop at Queen of Peace primary school in Altona Meadows, Melbourne.
Maggie Whitnall, Senior Client Services Manager at AusRegistry said: “Increasing diversity in the technology industry is a cause we’re very passionate about, to ensure we’re creating the best possible workplaces that generate the best possible outcomes by including a true mix of voices and experiences.
“It’s fantastic to mark Girls in ICT Day with such a valuable program as the #MissMakesCode workshop and to see young girls engaging with technology in a fun and creative way. Hopefully it’s inspired some of the coders of tomorrow,” continued Ms Whitnall.
The #MissMakesCode is now open for teacher signups via its website http://missmakescode.com. The first teacher training workshop will take place in Melbourne on 27 July, 2017.
About Girl Geek Academy:
Girl Geek Academy was founded by five skilled female digital professionals who want to increase the number of women with successful STEM careers. The team work to see an increase of women in tech, women in games, women who make, female designers and female founders. Initiatives include coding and hackathons, 3D printing and wearables, game development, design, entrepreneurship and startups.
Girl Geek Academy also works with teachers, schools, corporates and startups to increase the number of women with professional technical and entrepreneurial skills.
3 April 2017
Arcadis forms alliance with RedEye to digitize built asset industry
(3 April 2017) – Arcadis Australia Pacific today announced a strategic alliance with Australian tech innovator RedEye to transform the Australian built asset industry’s use of data.
The strategic alliance will see Arcadis integrate RedEye’s innovative cloud solution into its strategic asset management offering, bringing a tangible digital solution to public and private organisations that own, operate and maintain critical infrastructure.
RedEye provides an enterprise mobile solution that transfers “as-built” engineering drawings and related data to the cloud. The revolutionary platform allows teams to easily collaborate and find, markup, back draft, review, approve, use and manage their data from anywhere, and on any device.
Stephen Uhr, Client and Corporate Development Director, Arcadis Australia Pacific: “The industry is crying out for digital to go beyond a buzz word and to contribute to resolving real business problems. Building information modelling (BIM) is slowly beginning to meet its promised potential, but what of all the existing data?
“Too often we wait for the next big project to start our digital journey. We are yet to see the industry truly embrace a holistic digital solution; this provides an outstanding opportunity to bring together a global consultancy with Australian developed cutting edge digital products.
“RedEye are the unsung heroes of the engineering industry. In a short time, Wayne Gerard and his team have helped many in the industry to unravel the power of their data. With RedEye, you don’t have to wait for the next big project but can act immediately to bring existing engineering data into the digital world in a useable form, by making your existing drawings cloud-based and mobile. This saves time, improves safety and collaboration, saves money and provides your first essential and tangible step into digital solutions.
“It’s time we stop talking about digital in engineering as a theory and start using it smarter to add more value to what we do.”
Wayne Gerard, CEO, RedEye: “Arcadis is setting a new industry benchmark using our cloud and mobile solutions to provide value and real insights to their clients and the industry.
“We’re excited to be working with a global industry leader that shares our values, it’s a perfect fit for us and the industry. Arcadis is an innovative design & consultancy firm with 27,000 people operating in over 70 countries. RedEye is the disruptive market leader in asset data and digital workforce management solutions for built assets.
“Our unique solutions sit within the rapidly growing big data market, one of the fastest growing enterprise markets with a projected global value of US$48.3 billion by 2018. The alliance has the scale and depth of experience to transform the way built assets are operated and managed all over the world.”
For further press information please contact:
Sarah Bond, on behalf of RedEye
+61 (02) 9492 1041 / +61 449 543 181 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Charlwood, Senior Communications Advisor – Arcadis Australia Pacific
Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate €3.3 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. Arcadis. Improving quality of life.
RedEye is a disruptive tech business, and the first software business to make engineering data truly mobile. Established in Brisbane in 2012 by Wayne Gerard and Randall Makin, RedEye is one of Australia’s fastest growing scale-ups with an expanding global footprint.
RedEye’s Cloud and Mobile based solutions help asset owners and their service providers improve their productivity and safety, while reducing business risks and costs. With a mission to reinvent the way people work, the company has pioneered a new product category, globally, in cloud and mobile engineering data management for asset owners.
In 2016, RedEye launched its collaborative work management and analytics solution, RedEyeWFM, which is revolutionising the way organisations plan, schedule, execute and manage work with their customers and service providers.
Visit redeye.co for more information.
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