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Life + Code

Take a look at Bekah Hawrot Weigal’s blog Life + Code… or follow her on Twitter @BekahHW

Learn about her personal reason of why she codes: https://bekahhw.github.io/blog/2018/04/23/How-coding-has-been-therapeutic-for-my-PTSD

And see here for a beginner explanation of html, CSS and JavaScript: https://bekahhw.github.io/blog/2018/04/13/The-House-that-Code-Built

I’ve found Bekah’s blog and articles included in this post, to be both inspiring and empowering!

Keep doing what you’re doing Bekah πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»

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Throwback to School

I visited my high school the other day and it was such a surreal experience to think I’d left 4 years ago, but really it hadn’t felt like I’d left at all. Seeing my tutor and the Heads of A-level was so great to catch up with them, still the same old humour and supportiveness that I’d received at school.

I’d learnt that last year my school was unable to continue IT A-level because it had stopped existing by the exam board and because there wasn’t enough IT teachers to cover it, but they informed me that they are going to be bringing it back to my high school as a BTEC course. I’m so glad they’ve decided to bring it back because I personally felt that it was limiting the students, if I was a student there I probably wouldn’t have gone elsewhere for A-levels just because they’d stopped that one subject and it may not have led to what I’ve achieved over the last 4 years and the excitement I’ve found in IT and STEM.

With a lot of changes recently in government and the change to GCSEs, it’s left educators even more so chasing paperwork than concentrating on actual educating. I know the government are trying to entice STEM teacher training, but why would the majority of STEM graduates choose teaching over industry if the starting salary is at least Β£5K a year more in industry. I know it’s not all about money, but to live comfortable after university and be able to afford a house within several years, industry has to be chosen. Personally, I do want to go into teaching at some point in my career, but I want to gain industry experience before I do.

It can also be said that the people in charge of the curriculums do not understand STEM subjects (flashback to Mark Zukerberg’s hearing about Facebook) and the constant changing and innovation within them, this is why it’s hard to teach them because there’s so much content to cover… maybe they could and should, be split even further?

Regardless, of how STEM is being told to be taught or being taught, it’s apparent that it’s becoming more of a priority. πŸ€“

What else do you think the government or schools themselves can do to engage more students in STEM?

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World Cup Vs Tech

Every event is riddled with technology from the selling of the tickets… to the checking for fraudulent tickets, from being able to show the game live on TV… to giving live updates through mobile apps.

But what is incredible in the 2018 World Cup is the Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR) for the first time, technology is assisting on the pitch alongside humans. This isn’t the first time it is being used in a football tournament, but it is definitely more accepted than in the 2017 FA Cup where players and managers accused it of ruining the art of the game. I can see their point of view, but I also think that embracing this technology is important. There is nothing worse than thinking your team have scored a goal but the referee doesn’t agree… well now the referee is able to go and re-watch what happened to make an informed decision. The technology may not be perfect right now but in time this could truly take the bias out of the game. That is what technology is designed for, to eliminate human error.

In my opinion, we are only going to see more of a technology impact in sport and sporting events with the development of the Internet of Things, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality… they are already appearing in some training sessions.

What technology do you think could be used in football/sports?

 

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Share Your Story

Are you a woman in STEM?

If so… do you have anything that you’d like to share on the IT Girl platform?

I would love to create a collaborative platform where it isn’t just my opinions about the industry, but a wide range of experiences with the aim of inspiring younger generations of women to pursue STEM.

If you’d like to be involved, then get in touch!

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Make IT Happen

With all my travelling and plans this summer I know I’m definitely making the most of these few months before I start my graduate scheme in September. Making a kind of summer “bucket list” to make sure I do things that I truly want to do, in this free time that I will never have in the same way again. Feeling very grateful for the opportunity of this break and friends and family to share it with πŸ™

One goal is to increase the audience and reach of IT Girl – any suggestions would be appreciated! ☺️

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#TuneOut

Being on holiday this week has helped me to unwind after the end of university. One thing I definitely was glad to do was put my phone away for a while and just enjoy the sun, the pool, the food and the company (I guess 😜)

Just because I love technology, it doesn’t mean I want to be surrounded by it all the time, nor be all consumed within it as I see many people are nowadays. I think it’s important to actually be present and live not always through your phone’s camera lense… we all do it though and it’s not until you put your phone, table, laptop etc down that you realise things you may have missed before.

It’s good to #TuneOut to get perspective.

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Bridging The Confidence Gap

The Enterprise Director at Vodafone UK, feels passionate that it is not only about the need to encourage more girls into IT/STEM, but to help boost their confidence that their skill sets do match the skills needed for STEM. I think this is very important.

It is as much about smashing the STEM stereotype, as it is the glass ceiling.

There are many organisations like CodeFirst: Girls and Stemettes aiming to do this, but what can you?

Take a look πŸ™‚

https://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/opinion/3031171/to-see-more-girls-in-stem-we-must-boost-their-confidence-not-interest