Deloitte Digital Girls Only CoderDojo

June 13, 2018 | Deloitte

 Deloitte Digital prides itself on diversity and family values, which is why working in partnership with CoderDojo they held their first girls only CoderDojo.

Imagine, deliver and run the future. Deloitte Digital prides itself on diversity and family values, which is why working in partnership with CoderDojo we held our first CoderDojo focused on encouraging more girls to get involved and interested in technology as part of our diversity in digital drive.

We invited girls aged 7-17 to our studio, to have fun whilst learning to code and realise all the cool things they could create. From Java to Python, HTML/CSS to Scratch to BBC micro-bit, we setup coding stations. Adding to the day’s excitement, the girls got a chance to play with the digital disruption toolkit, ranging from VR headsets, drones, Lego robots and the 3D printer. A sold out event, a total of 50 girls got together to learn coding and also brought their parents and guardians for a full house!

The day culminated with the girls presenting their websites, apps and games (yes, fully developed working games) at a show and tell. While the participants were a good mix of beginners, to intermediate coders, seeing the beginners code within the span of an afternoon and excitedly present their creation was the high point of the day for everyone.

By Rebecca Ferguson & Chris Knox

“I spent the day with the girls learning HTML/CSS to build their first web pages, since it’s something I learnt in secondary school and have continued to enjoy ever since. It was a joy to watch their excitement as they typed, what to them started out as random characters, into the editor, and then see it all come to life. All I wanted was for them to know and see that its possible, for them to consider. That being a girl does not limit what you can be and do. Especially in the tech world.”
– Rebecca Ferguson, senior UX designer, DD