Reflecting on #GirlsinSTEM

My mother was born during Christmas of 1947; her parents thought it would be cute to name her ‘Noelle’. When her baby sister was born some 15 years later on the very same day, they continued with the Christmas theme and named her ‘Carol’. If there’d been another, who knows – she may have been…

5 Questions To Answer When Planning A STEM Trip

If you’re seeking to engage and develop the interest of children into Computing and/or STEM subjects you may have considered organising a trip. Here are 5 questions you should consider as part of your planning, some suggestions for alternatives to school visits as well as recommendations for places to visit.  1. Why even bother? The…

#GirlsinSTEM Minecraft Hack Jam

Durham Arts Council have commissioned a group of award winning architects to design a £4m public monument in celebration of local astronauts Holly and Lola who christened the ninth planet in our Solar System ‘Zues’ after the Greek god of sky and thunder when they visited the planet recently. Both astronauts are former pupils of…

Post-Script: Girls, Coding & Raspberry Pi

I’ve got super excited about something this evening, and I want to shout about it. Once upon a time, in 2011, I decided I really wanted to make Computing a big thing in the school I was teaching at. That year, we entered some of our pupils in a national coding competition and I was…

Do girls prefer to code in groups?

I consider myself an active member of the Computing At School community, and regularly read and contribute to the forum discussions there. This morning, I had a bit of a rant in response to a post by one of the non-teaching members of CAS. If you’re a member you can go and read the discussion…

How Can We Get More Boys Into Ballet?

This week while I was in Germany training British Services teachers, I received a phone call from a researcher on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, ultimately inviting me to speak live on the programme. As you can imagine, I was delighted to be invited since I’ve been trying to raise the profile of girls in Computing…