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 another succesful semester at DIT. 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 is free of charge and open to all female participant across the institute, regardless of their academic background.
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. DIT and the School of Computing were the first third level educational institution in Ireland to host a Code First:Girls course.
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 Spring"
Since 2013 CodeFirst Girls has delivered £3 million worth of free education to young women across the UK and Ireland. Since 2016 CodeFirst:Girls in DIT has been able to teach more than 180 young women to code amounting to £121,500 worth of free coding courses. It is expected that over the coming years DIT School of Computing and CodeFirst:Girls will continue to work together to provide young women the opportunity to learn how to Code.
DIT Computing November 2018. For more information contact Dr Susan McKeever (susan.mckeever.dit.ie)