CodeFirst:Girls finishes up after highly successful semester at DIT


 

Codefirst:Girls an award winning social enterprise which aims to reduce the gender gap in technology by teaching coding to female participants has just finished up its second semester at DIT. The weekly course, the first of its kind to be run in Ireland, was initially piloted in November 2016 by Dr Susan McKeever of the School of Computing with its second iteration running from January to March of this year. Over the course of the eight week course the participants learned the basics of CSS and HTML eventually using these technical skills to build their own website from scratch.

The course was free of charge and open to all female participant across the institute, regardless of their academic background. Unfortunately there were limited places on the course and the levels of interest amongst students was such that there was a 7:1 ratio of applications to places. The 25 female students who eventually enrolled onto the course came from a range of academic disciplines across DIT which included business, languages, food and hospitality, retail and social sciences.

Speaking about the course Dr. McKeever, a senior lecturer in the school of computing who is actively involved in promoting gender equality at third level said that

"Given the major shortage of females in the tech sector, we are really delighted to have the chance to work with CodeFirstGirls.  We were particularly delighted to see the high levels of interest amongst the students so we certainly hope to host it again in the Autumn"

As a not for profit organisation Codefirst:Girls is run by volunteer instructors and ambassadors. With this in mind Dr McKeever wished to give a special thanks to CodeFirst: Girls ambassador and DITSoC student Fatema Bader - and course instructors Andrea Fagan and Gareth Miller from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.



DIT Computing February 2017. For More information please contact Dr. Susan McKeever @ susan.mckeever@dit.ie

 

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