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Ep.26 Code like a Girl

By Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

Ally Watson co-founded Code like a Girl after experiencing first-hand the barriers women have in the male-dominated computer science and developer industry. Code like a Girl aims to change the playing field, with a strong focus on mentoring girls in coding and computational thinking in a creative environment that sparks a love of logic and leadership. “We tell them, this what a programmer is, this is what it looks like and this is my story. So, these girls a heading home and getting inspired by the women who facilitate these sessions and they’re saying …Mum, Dad, I want to be a coder when I grow up!” After chatting with Ally Watson, we also look at ways you can teach about robotics without having a robot or a computer plus we revisit a grab from a past episode in which Neil Bramsen talks about his approach for teaching primary students about logical reasoning. Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education Top 3 learnings Get involved! Coding is about getting your mind wrapped around creatively solving a logic challenge. There are plenty of opportunities to join a coding group, you just have to join the fun. It’s the story that matters. It’s just as important for kids to know why coding is important as it is to know how to program a given task. Coding is part of our future. Even if you know that you may not become a software developer, it is just as important to learn how these machines function as they are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society. About Ally WatsonThe Sydney Morning Herald named Ally Watson as one of Australia’s nine most influential female entrepreneurs of 2017. She’s a developer, computer science graduate and co-founder of Melbourne’s highly acclaimed Code Like a Girl, an award-winning social enterprise that provides girls with the support, tools and knowledge to enter and flourish in the world of coding. After experiencing first hand the barriers women face in the male-dominated industry of tech she set out to spark change by inspiring a new generation of girls to acquire coding as a skill and to encourage more females to step into leadership roles. Contact details for Ally Watson https://codelikeagirl.org https://twitter.com/codelikeagirlAU Education tip: Teach coding without a robot or computer https://goo.gl/aHmWPd Contact Fizzics Education Web: http://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/ Phone: +612 9674 2191 STEM Teaching support resources NEW Primary STEM teaching book!  http://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/be+amazing+book.html >100 Free Science Experiments  http://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/Free+experiments.html >100 Free Science Ideas and Tips http://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/Blog.html Know an educator who'd love this episode? Share it!If something grabbed your attention in this STEM podcast please leave your thoughts below.

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