We’d like to thank you for giving us your valuable time. We’d also like to thank you for giving us this opportunity to be part of this program to learn how to code. This was an unbelievable experience with moments where we felt on top of the world, empowered and most of all capable at other times we felt helpless, frustrated and overwhelmed when we had to critically think and find the problems in our coding equations. We had the opportunity to visit and learn in the new Parramatta Western Sydney University campus across the road, which allowed many of us to get a glimpse of the experience of university life and one-day aspire to be learning at a tertiary level in institutions such as Western Sydney University.
We’d like to share our experience with you through the following clip created by Elif. We hope you enjoy it. Play clip
We hope that we were able to capture our experience. We learnt so much through the Codar Factory’s Nandini Nayak. Her mentoring and patience as she taught us how to code and the potential our skills could achieve was inspiring. We’d like to thank the Commonwealth Bank for providing the funding for us to learn how to code and give us inspiration to consider a future in IT as young women. Western Sydney University generously provided us with a new and amazing learning space to take our coding classes at their Parramatta campus. We’d like to thank everyone at Western Sydney University who made this possible. We’d also like to thank Dropbox and Amazon for letting us explore their offices and speak to their staff during our excursion.
Through this program we got to speak with some very inspiring and amazing people in the world of IT. We have been inspired to do better in our everyday life through coding. We would love for more people in this school to get the chance to learn to code. This experience has not only taught me about coding but I’ve become more confident, I understand what I am capable of all thanks to this program. Most of all we’d like to thank every single staff member who took part in bringing this program to life. We’d like to thank Mrs. Mc Master and deputies for allowing us to try something new.
I’d now like to share some research and statistics about women in the technology industry and how we as young women can help rectify these statistics.
Slide One: As you can clearly see there are more males working in the technology industry. On an overall basis there is only 31% of women working, while 69% are males. No career should be for a certain gender. Women in technology should be just as equal as men.
Slide Two: 56% of women who work in technology positions leave due to the following working conditions: work-life balance, lost interest in work, and company environment. These conditions not only should be looked at closely for women but for men as well. Everyone has the right to feel comfortable in where they work.
Slide Three: If the workplace is comfortable to work in we will have more women like the following. Through these coding classes what we realised is that these jobs are not impossible. Through hard work, dedication and most of all guidance these positions are surely reachable. If we had coding programs and opportunities to develop our skills in innovative technology like this regularly then more girls would be inspired to join the industry. As I have shown the technology industry clearly need more women. We can make that change.
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to share our experience with us. We hope we were able to prove to you what an amazing thing this would be if it was a regular program at APHS. Once again thank you! Good Afternoon Teachers and Students,